News at WWU
Western Washington University student Tysen Campbell, 19, was arrested by University Police on campus today. Campbell has been booked into the Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of Malicious Harassment, a felony.
Campbell, who lives on campus, has been suspended and barred from campus pending the outcome of the legal proceedings and the university’s student conduct process.
Campbell was arrested in connection with a threat posted on the online social media platform Yik Yak. University Police, as part of their investigation, obtained a search warrant and worked with Yik Yak to track down the source of the threatening post.
University Police are continuing their investigation of other recent online messages targeting students of color, particularly black students.
University Police Chief Darin Rasmussen thanked Yik Yak for their cooperation in the police investigation of the posts. Rasmussen also thanked the Bellingham Police Department for their assistance and the FBI, which has consulted with University Police during the investigation.
Western Washington University’s Provost Council in November approved the establishment of the University’s new Salish Sea Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary center for collaboration, education, research and community involvement focused on the health of the Salish Sea and its environs – the body of water encompassing the Strait of Georgia, Puget Sound, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Today more than 7 million people inhabit the Salish Sea basin. Increasing population and industrialization, climate variability, and other human activities place increasing strain on the Salish Sea’s ecosystem and the health of humans connected to it. The Salish Sea basin and the people who inhabit it have much to share with each other, and the Institute, as an intentionally collaborative effort, will bring these diverse groups together in multiple ways and across boundaries of all types to facilitate this sharing.
The new institute will provide programmatic efforts related to the health of the Salish Sea that cross disciplinary boundaries; provide a mechanism and platform for outreach activities aimed at increasing knowledge of the sea, its many cultures and economies, health and sustainability; facilitate and improve opportunities for external funding of teaching and research on issues related to the sea; and more.
The institute will also serve as the ongoing home for the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference, a multinational gathering which assembles scientists, First Nations and tribal government representatives, resource managers, community/business leaders, policy makers, educators and students to present the latest scientific research on the state of the ecosystem, and to guide future actions for protecting and restoring it.
The vision for the Institute has been guided by a steering committee comprised of the deans of Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Graduate School, and Huxley College of the Environment; the directors of the Center for Canadian – American Studies, the Institute of Environmental Toxicology, and Shannon Point Marine Center; and faculty from Huxley College, the department of Anthropology and Fairhaven College. Input was also solicited from researchers and faculty affiliated with Northwest Indian College, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia as well as from representatives of the Coast Salish Gathering, the Fraser Basin Council, the Puget Sound Partnership and the Sea Doc Society. It is anticipated that all of these entities will be formally or informally affiliated with the Institute.
The institute will be led initially by a leadership team of retired Western faculty member and “Father of the Salish Sea,” Bert Webber; Wayne Landis, director of Western‘s Institute for Environmental Toxicology and a professor of Environmental Science; and Brian Burton, Western’s associate vice president for Academic Affairs.
“We are looking forward to working with groups from all over the Salish Sea on new research and to open new dialogues with partners across the region,” said Burton.
For more information on Western’s new Salish Sea Studies institute, contact Brian Burton at (360) 650-3389.
A dedication ceremony for of the new permanent public artwork by artist Claude Zervas entitled “Nooksack Middle Fork” will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center.
Following the ceremony there Zervas will hold a lecture and reception at 5 p.m. in the Western Gallery. The dedication, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.
The piece, which is a four-channel, wall-mounted video installation that presents aerial views of four bends in the Nooksack Middle Fork of the Nooksack River, will be located in the lobby of the PAC. The images for the piece relied on new drone technology, which Zervas used to fly his video equipment above the Nooksack River.
Zervas is known for his exploration of light and nature by technologically sophisticated means, such as video and electronic sculpture. He attended Western in the early 1980s before moving to Paris. He now lives and works in Seattle and his works have been shown widely and have been collected by major museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Microsoft Corporation.
For more information, contact Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or email@example.com.Image:
14 Western Washington University Design students who participated in the “2015 Summer Design Abroad: Germany & Switzerland” program have released a series of three separate projects documenting their experiences in web, video, and editorial mediums.
For three weeks, the students studied international art, design movements and historical landmarks while experiencing local culture, including visits to the Bauhaus and Etsy. Daily activities included sightseeing, visiting design firms and museums and participating in workshops.
The final web and video projects can be viewed at wwu.edu/design/summerabroad and the final publication can be viewed online at http://issuu.com/wwudesign/docs/publication_final.
For more information, contact Brittany Schade, Western Washington University assistant professor of Design, at (360) 650-7705 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Department of Design visit wwu.edu/design, or follow @wwu_design on Twitter.
Western Washington University will host a Children’s and Young-Adult Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4 on the sixth floor of Wilson Library.
Over a thousand new children’s and young-adult books will be available for purchase, including hardbacks for $5 and paperbacks for $2. Teachers, community members and readers of all ages are invited to discover and enjoy award-winning titles.
Proceeds will support student scholarships to Western’s 13th Annual Children’s Literature Conference, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at Western’s Performing Arts Center. Four award-winning children’s and young-adult book authors and illustrators will give presentations and answer questions.
For more information, contact Nancy Johnson, Western Washington University professor of English, at (360) 650-3227 or Nancy.Johnson@wwu.edu. For more information about this years conference and to register visit wwuclc.com.
Student and community volunteers are being sought to assist in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Western Washington University from early February through April 15.
Sponsored by WWU’s Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is staffed by students from Western, Whatcom Community College, and other volunteer members of the community. The VITA program helps low- and moderate-income taxpayers electronically prepare their tax returns.
Training is free and is a combination of self-study, online training, and in-class training. The training materials may be picked up at WWU (or downloaded) in early December. The training includes two in-class training days on WWU’s campus on Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 from 9 a.m.- 4p.m. No prior tax experience is necessary.
For more information and to sign up to volunteer, please visit: http://www.wwubap.org/volunteer-activities/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita/ or http://www.wwubap.org/?p=212 or contact Allen Sher, WWU VITA Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Western Washington University will host artist George Trakas for a lecture and discussion at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the Old Main Theatre on the WWU campus.
The event will be free and open to the public.
George Trakas has been a leader on the national public art scene for the last six decades. In his discussion, he will discuss his outdoor sculpture “Bayview Station,” the history of its installation at Western in 1987, and how it relates to his other artwork. Bayview Station will undergo major renovation in 2016.
Located on the steep slope below the performing arts center plaza, Bayview Station consists of a welded steel catwalk and wood platforms that provide an open view over Bellingham Bay. It is an environmental artwork that responds perfectly to the physical site and creates a connection between the city and the University.
Trakas is best known for his permanent public artworks, located in six countries, and temporary site-specific installations. His work has also been exhibited by major art museums and is in the permanent collections of the Louisiana Museum in Denmark, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City.
Among his many awards, Trakas has received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Merit Medal for Sculpture (1996), a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship (1989), and a Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1982).
For more information, contact Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events, at (360) 650-2829 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Image:
Students from Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, along with community volunteers, will offer free tax assistance through April 15 at Western’s Parks Hall 336 and Whatcom’s Heiner Library.
Sponsored by Western’s Beta Alpha Psi Accounting Society in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program assists low- and moderate-income taxpayers in preparing their tax returns
Western’s hours for VITA will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from noon-4 p.m. Western’s VITA will be closed during intersession closure from March 13-31.
Whatcom’s hours for VITA will be 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 VITA will be closed during intersession from March 30 through April 7.
For more information, visit http://www.wwubap.org/volunteer-activities/vita/, or contact Marissa Jaksich, Western’s VITA coordinator, at email@example.com.
The Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts is displaying a photographic art exhibit created by students enrolled in the department’s Intermediate Black and White Photography class titled “SEM-Holga: High-Tech and Low-Tech Diptych” through Nov. 23 in the Western gallery.
The photographs were taken using both a scanning electron microscope and a Holga toy camera. The project allowed students a chance to consider both microscopic and personal worldviews.
Students who will have their photos displayed or were involved with the exhibit include:
- Catheleen Abramowicz of Arlington
- Breanna Coon of Snohomish
- Noah Gray of Los Angeles, California
- David Henry of Marysville
- Kaitlin Howland of North Bend
- Rachel Ivancic of Seattle
- Rebekkah James of Castio Valley, California
- Kathryn Johnson of Snohomish
- Emily Jones-Blachowicz of Bothell
- Anna Kerr of Spokane
- Kendall Lawley of Seattle
- Maddie Price of Portland, Oregon
- Tasha Smith of Puyallup
- ErynDae Thorvaldsen of Madison, Wisconsin
- Alexandra Vincent of Castio Valley, California
- Collin Whalen of Vancouver
- Robin Sizemore of Mount Vernon
For more information about the exhibit contact Garth Amundson, WWU professor of Art, at (360) 650-3436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Washington University’s Rich Brown, associate professor of Theatre Arts, has been selected as the 2015 Washington Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Brown, who has taught at Western since 2006, traveled to Washington D.C. on Nov. 19 to accept the award – the second such award in three years by a Western faculty member, with Geology’s Scott Linneman winning the award in 2013.
Brown said that he would like to think of this award as representing the quality of teaching across campus at Western, and being a reflection of the deep caring for theatre and for his students that he brings to his classes.
“Theater truly has the power to impact lives and change them for the better through compassion and empathy, and that is the belief I take into the studio each day – and I hope my students share that belief,” he said.
The U.S. Professors of the Year program salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country – those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring undergraduate teaching, and more than 400 faculty were nominated this year, only 32 were chosen to be honored.
Professors are chosen for the Carnegie award based on the criteria that they show extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching. This is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contribution to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and former undergraduate students.
Brown said his research and curricular focus is on devising, or collaboratively creating new work that celebrates our culture’s differences, and he cited last year’s performance of the original play “/faust” as an example. Past productions that Brown said he feels exemplified his work includes 2013’s “Soapbox” and 2011’s “Us,” both of which were honored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, with “Us” winning three national awards.
Brown received his bachelor’s degree from Graceland College and his master’s degree from Central Missouri State University. He completed his doctorate in Theatre from the University of Oregon in 2003.
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