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Western Washington University and Western Libraries will host Lisa Marcus and Kirsten Christenson from Pacific Lutheran University from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in VU 565A as they present “Collaborating Across Disciplines: Holocaust and Genocide Studies at PLU.”
In this two-part talk, Marcus and Christensen will discuss several features of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Pacific Lutheran University.
Marcus will describe a project bringing together students and faculty from English, History and Religion to explore the implications of cultural critic Theodor Adorno’s famous claim that “to write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric.” The Poetry After Auschwitz Project resulted in several public presentations, a meaningful exchange among students and faculty across disciplines, and was recently published in the Reform Jewish Quarterly.
Christensen will discuss key features of the development of PLU’s new academic minor in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, inaugurated last fall. She will describe the collaborative development of the program mission statement and syllabus for the introductory course, and will also explain the program’s commitment to team teaching, a value that underscores the inherent interdisciplinarity of the academic study of the Holocaust and other genocides.
Christensen is an associate professor of German at PLU, where she teaches all levels of German language and culture. She is part of the faculty group that designed PLU’s new program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and team-taught the first iteration of the introductory course in fall 2014. She also served on the organizing committee for this year’s Powell-Heller Conference in Holocaust Education.
Lisa Marcus is an associate professor of English and a founding member of the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Program at PLU. Among her recent publications are “‘The Holocaust Without Smoke’: Irena Klepfisz’s ‘Bashert’” and a poem,“I did not lose my father at Auschwitz,” in the Poetry After Auschwitz Forum.
For more information on this event contact Jeanne Armstrong at (360) 650-7667 or Jeanne.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice will discuss “Roving the Red Planet: New Discoveries from NASA’s Mars Rover Missions” starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7, at the Bellingham City Council chambers, second floor, Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is offered as part of the annual “Science and the UniverCity” community science lecture series. It is sponsored by Western’s College of Science and Engineering and the City of Bellingham.
NASA’s Mars rover missions have reshaped our vision of the Red Planet with their stunning images and fascinating discoveries. Amazingly, the Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity,” which was designed to operate for three months when it landed in 2004, is still exploring Mars’ surface after nearly 11 years.
The Mars Science Laboratory rover “Curiosity” landed on the planet two years ago and has traveled more than 5 miles to get to its current destination, a 3.5-mile-high pile of rock named Mount Sharp that may hold clues to the volatile history of Mars’ climate and help answer the underlying question: Has life ever existed there?
Rice is a member of both the Curiosity and Opportunity science teams, and will provide a behind-the-scenes look at the images, science, and human creativity that continue to make these missions such a success. She will also discuss plans for NASA’s next Mars rover mission, which will launch in 2020.
Rice earned her bachelor’s degree in Astrophysics from Wellesley College and her doctorate in Astrophysics from Cornell University, after which she completed postdoctoral work on the rovers at CalTech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. This is her first year teaching at Western.
For more information, contact Western Washington University’s College of Science and Engineering at (360) 650-6400.
Western Washington University's Everett-based Weekend MBA Program will host an information session at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, in Gray Wolf Hall Room 366 at the Everett University Center on the campus of Everett Community College.
Western’s Weekend MBA features a part-time program that meets 20 weekends per year with traditional quarter breaks. The program is designed for professionals who have busy lives and wish to advance their current leadership positions in private, public, and nonprofit organizations. The cohort-based approach offers a high degree of interaction between students and faculty with a focus on translating theory to practice.
The application deadline for the January 2016 cohort is Saturday, Nov.15.
Western’s Weekend MBA program is AACSB accredited, placing it in the top 5 percent of business schools in the world. Graduates of the program have found jobs at global corporations including Amazon, Microsoft, MSNBC.com, United Airlines and Boeing.
Western Washington University will open a new downtown office on June 19 in Bellingham’s historic Herald Building, a move that will better connect the university with the downtown, alumni and the entire local community.
“There’s a saying that communities take care of universities that take care of communities. The distinctive character, values and relationships that the City of Bellingham and Western share are key parts of what makes this such a great place to live, learn, work and play. We’re excited to deepen that engagement and broaden our sense of community with this new presence downtown,” said Western President Bruce Shepard.
The new office at 1155 North State St. will serve as a welcome-to-Western center in the heart of the city. The 2,500-square-foot ground floor area will include: a conference and events room; facilities and opportunities for the public to find out more about campus life; a walk-in/public reception area and office space for nine WWU staff members.
"I am thrilled to welcome this new Western office to our downtown," said Mayor Kelli Linville. "This is a great step in establishing a stronger presence in our City Center and demonstrates the strength of our partnership and shared goal of a thriving downtown."
The new office is a three-way partnership between the university, the WWU Alumni Association and the WWU Foundation, and marks a significant initiative to engage directly with key Whatcom County-based constituencies, including alumni as well as Bellingham-based businesses and philanthropists. Whatcom County alumni – more than 15,000 strong – constitute the second largest concentration of Western alums, and the city’s businesses are a major employer of Western graduates.
As part of its $60 million Western Stands for Washington campaign, the WWU Foundation has set its sights on doubling the amount of scholarship dollars available for students, and will be asking the Whatcom County community to help make this possible.
Western has signed an initial two-year lease with options for three additional annual extensions.
BELLINGHAM – Irwin and Frances LeCocq, former executives with Whatcom County-based Peoples Bank, will receive the President’s Award, Western’s highest community honor, at the winter Commencement ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, in Carver Gymnasium.
Irwin and Frances LeCocq are well known in Whatcom County as the family behind one of the area’s oldest financial institutions, Peoples Bank. They’re also known and appreciated for their tireless support for the arts, education and the community’s social safety net.
“It’s an honor for Western to recognize the exceptional generosity and civic spirit of Frances and Irwin LeCocq with the President’s Award,” said Western President Bruce Shepard. “They have provided outstanding support and leadership at Western and at so many of Whatcom County’s arts, education and social organizations. But more than that, their sense of gratitude to the community, and their powerful desire to give back, is inspiring. I can’t think of a better model for our graduates to have before them as they think about their lives after Western, and to see what ‘Active Minds Changing Lives’ is all about.”
After graduating from Linfield College, Irwin and Frances LeCocq returned to Whatcom County. Irwin joined Peoples State Bank in 1952, first as assistant cashier and eventually becoming president in 1969. When Irwin became president, the bank had $13 million in assets and three branches. Frances played a significant role in the bank’s success; she is the former Community Affairs Officer. Now, under the leadership of their son Charles, Peoples Bank has assets of over $1.3 billion and 24 locations in Western Washington
As the bank grew, so did the LeCocq family’s philanthropic legacy. According to Irwin, “the community’s made us what we are, so we give back to it.” At Western, the LeCocqs have touched the lives of many students through the Peoples Bank / LeCocq Family Scholarships, awarded to high-achieving juniors from Whatcom County in the College of Business and Economics. Frances has been impressed with the students who have received their scholarship, noting they are very talented. She believes a “good education is so important for the individual, the community, the country; it can help solve all the problems we have.”
The LeCocqs have also been generous with their time and service. Irwin and Frances both served on the Western Foundation Board, and Irwin was a trustee of Western Washington University from 1982 to 1989.
Irwin has served on numerous boards, including the United Way of Whatcom County, Mount Baker Theatre, Campaign for the Arts, St. Joseph hospital, YMCA, Whatcom County Development Council, Whatcom Museum Society Board, Agriculture and Forestry Education Foundation and the Lynden Planning Commission. In 1998 Irwin received the Whatcom County Lifetime Business Achievement Award from Business Pulse Magazine.
Frances, who took classes at Western, has been a member of the League of Women Voters, served on the board of the Bellingham Festival of Music, and is a member of the Whatcom County Historical Society. Frances served as vice chair of the Whatcom County United Way and was a member of the Design Awards Committee for the Bellingham Public Facilities District Art & Children's Museum.
Peoples Bank has long been the title sponsor of Whatcom County’s famed Ski to Sea Race. And it was the LeCocqs’ crucial support to the Campaign for the Arts that enabled the restoration of the Whatcom Museum and Mount Baker Theatre.
The LeCocq family legacy continues at Western, with grandson Ryan a recent graduate from the College of Business and Economics.
Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will offer professional development courses in its new Continuing Education program this spring; each course is open to the public and will be held at Olympic College’s Poulsbo campus.
The five spring Continuing Education courses highlight important topics for working professionals in supervisory or managerial roles, offering tips and techniques for marketing, hiring new employees and more.
The first course, “Employment Law and Business: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You,” will begin on Thursday, April 9 and is taught by experienced employment law attorney, James McCanna. The course covers employment law basics for those responsible for applying it within a business setting.
McCanna, an expert in regulatory compliance-related challenges and human resource issues, will give participants an overview of Department of Labor Standards, job descriptions (exempt vs. non-exempt), employee claims, unemployment, employer/employee relations, the Fair Labor Standard Act, the Family Medical Leave Act and Department of Licensing audits.
Interested participants are encouraged to attend McCanna’s free Western Lecture Series event, titled “Marijuana Law and Its Impact on Employers,” as a preview of his Continuing Education course. The free lecture will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2 in Olympic College Poulsbo Room 105.
Current or future business owners, managers, supervisors, human resource professionals and project managers are encouraged to register for “Employment Law and Business” online before the April 7 registration deadline.
“Performance Management: How to Help Your Employees and Your Business be Successful” will begin on Friday, April 17 and is taught by Human Resources expert, Paula Willems. The course focuses on techniques that will help with managing and coaching employee performance.
“Multiple Generations in the Workplace: Working Together Effectively” will begin on Friday, April 24 and is also taught by Paula Willems. The course reviews background information on various generations, learning the best practices for coaching, motivating and communicating with employees of all ages.
“Marketing to Compound Your Results: ‘What Next’ Thinking” will begin on Tuesday, April 7 and will be taught by professional speaker, Dave Mitchell. The course covers methods for better understanding of ideal customers, help with developing strategies to communicate personal values and communication strategies that turn customers into repeat buyers.
“From Hire to Hero: Training Employees to Become Superstars” will begin on Tuesday, May 5 and is also taught by Dave Mitchell. The course focuses on how to develop a workplace culture committed to excellence through methods for hiring successful employees, effective strategies for use in employee trainings and tools for utilizing the skills of employees in order to create competency within positions.
In partnership with Olympic College, Western on the Peninsulas offers four-year degrees, free educational lectures, local literature book groups and Continuing Education courses.
For more information on Continuing Education or the programs listed above, please visit wwu.edu/Poulsbo, call (360)394-2733, or e-mail Western.Peninsulas@wwu.edu.
BELLINGHAM– Dennis Murphy, a Western Washington University alumnus who served as dean of the College of Business and Economics for 25 years, will address Western graduates and their families at the winter Commencement ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 21, in Carver Gymnasium.
The ceremony will also include a presentation of the President’s Award to Whatcom County residents Irwin and Frances LeCocq for their service to the community.
Approximately 505 undergraduates and about 45 master’s candidates will receive degrees this quarter. Winter Commencement includes all majors, and only one ceremony will take place. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed five tickets.
For guests without tickets, the ceremony will be displayed on large viewing screens in the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMATE) building. Off campus, the ceremony will be broadcast on Whatcom County Comcast Cable Channel 26, and streamed live at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wwu-live-events1.
Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Western in 1969, and a master’s in Economics the following year. He was dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics from 1982 to 2007 and twice served as Western’s provost, in 1998-99 and from 2007 to 2009. He has retired from administrative work, but Murphy continues to teach several courses a year in Economics and Finance. He also serves on the board of directors of Saturna Capital, on Saturna’s council of economic advisers, and on the board of St. Paul’s Academy. He has been a participant in the US Bank Economic Forum for about 20 years. He is past chairman of the board of Cascade Financial Corp. and Cascade Bank as well as past-president of the United Way of Whatcom County and the Rotary Club of Bellingham.
The ceremony will also include a presentation of the President’s Award, Western’s highest community honor, to Irwin and Frances LeCocq. Irwin LeCocq is the former president of Peoples Bank and Frances LeCocq was the bank’s community affairs officer. They are also strong supporters of the arts, education and the community’s social safety net. At Western, the LeCocqs have touched the lives of many students through the Peoples Bank / LeCocq Family Scholarships. In the greater community, the LeCocqs also provided crucial support to the Campaign for the Arts, enabling the restoration of the Whatcom Museum and the Mount Baker Theatre.
The ceremony’s student Commencement speaker will be Marguerite Balch, who will receive her Bachelor of Arts in Education degree Saturday in Early Childhood Education. Balch, from Lynnwood, is a student teacher in a first-grade class at Garfield Elementary School in Everett.
Following the ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to follow WWU tradition and deposit their Western identification cards in a box that is later cemented into Memory Walk in front of Old Main.
Guest parking is free on Commencement day and available in most lots. Visitors must observe regulations for handicapped and individually reserved spaces. Guests are advised to arrive early to avoid traffic congestion and to allow for travel time between the parking lots and gymnasium.
Shuttle bus service will be available from the 12A parking lot off Bill McDonald Parkway near Fairhaven College from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The shuttle buses cannot accommodate wheelchairs; guests in wheelchairs may park in designated lots behind Miller Hall and Arntzen Hall.
Parking attendants will be available to assist guests with special parking needs.
For more information or for disability accommodations contact the Registrar’s Office, (360) 650-3701.
Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel, called “a pianist well worth watching” by the New York Times, will ring down the curtain on the 2014-15 Sanford Hill Piano Series at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 11 in Western Washington University’s Concert Hall.
In addition to his Bellingham date, Vonsattel’s recent schedule includes performances at the Library of Congress, Wigmore Hall, the Gilmore Festival, La Roque d’Anthéron, Musée d’Orsay, Davos Festival, La Jolla Music Society, the Munich Gasteig, and Atlanta’s Spivey Hall. He has also played at well-known festivals: Rockport, Music@Menlo, Angelfire, Ottawa, Bridgehampton, Bard SummerScape, Seattle, Caramoor, West Cork, and Archipel, among others.
Vonsattel began touring after capturing the top prize at the prestigious 2002 Naumburg International Piano Competition. He went on to win numerous prizes in major international events such as the Cleveland and Honens competitions, and was the winner of the 2006 Concours de Genève and an Avery Fisher career grant. He made his Alice Tully Hall debut in 2002 and has since performed with the Warsaw Philharmonic; at Zürich’s Tonhalle, Warsaw’s Chopin Festival, and Tokyo’s Opera City Hall; and with the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, and the San Francisco Symphony, among many others nationally and internationally. Vonsattel has also been heard frequently on NPR’s Performance Today, CBC, and the BBC.
The evening’s program will include selections by Domenico Scarlatti, Anton Webern, George Benjamin, Olivier Messiaen, and Debussy. For a complete listing of the evening’s program, visit wwu.edu/sanfordhill. Tickets are $16-$40 and are available at wwu.edu/sanfordhill, by calling the WWU Box Office at (360) 650-6146, in person during box office hours, and at the door.
Western Washington University Extended Education is offering a Permaculture Design Certificate course to faculty, staff, students and the community this summer.
Participants will learn skills, strategies and methods for sustainably working and inhabiting land, gardens or other natural systems at their homes or in their communities.
The non-credit course is broken into two weeklong sessions, and lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The first, titled, “Ecological Systems Design Intensive: PCD1” takes place from July 6-11. The second week, titled “Permaculture Design Process: PDC2” takes place from July 13-18. Both weeks must be completed in order to receive the certificate.
Week one of courses will introduce basic elements and strategies of design, highlighting topics related to pattern literacy, watershed, aquaculture, soil conditions and the basics of how ecosystems function. Week two will feature studies on the roles of trees, functions of shelter, energy usage, how to design around varying climates and landscapes and economics.
This enrichment course is led under the instruction of certified permaculture designers and teachers Bruce Horowitz and Brian Kerkvliet, co-stewards at the regionally recognized Inspiration Farm. All classes will take place at the farm, located at 619 Laurel Road in Bellingham.
To learn more about this and other opportunities offered through Western’s Personal and Professional Enrichment Courses, please visit wwu.edu/enrich, email ExtendedEd@wwu.eduor call (360) 650-3308.
Veterans of the big and small screen will take up residence at Western Washington University for the second Cascadia Film Workshop starting June 22 to lead courses in directing, acting for the camera, special effects, make-up, and screenwriting.
Courses will be offered both as for-credit or no credit, and admission to Western is not required.
The Cascadia Film Workshop is the realization of a 20-year dream of writer/director/producer Mel Damski. After wrapping eight seasons as the executive producer-director of the television series “Psych” in 2014, Damski will again gather colleagues to the Western campus to share their combined expertise with students and community members alike. After last year’s warm reception, Damski is mounting the second season of the workshops between bi-coastal directing gigs, including upcoming episodes of “</scorpion>” and NBC’s “The Mysteries of Laura” starring Debra Messing of “Will and Grace” fame.
In addition to Damski’s two-week intensive “Directing Bootcamp” (July 6-17), instructors include Mike Pavone, a screenwriting veteran of popular shows like “Prison Break” and the WWE; special effects expert Andrew Orloff, known for his work on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and HBO’s “True Blood;” director Peter Werner, whose decades-long career includes “Moonlighting,” “Medium,” “Ghost Whisperer,” and “Grimm;” and Liz Zilka, a make-up and hair specialist with 30 years of hands-on experience prepping people to look good on camera.
For more information about the workshop, visit cfpa.wwu.edu/cascadia-film-workshop, or call (360) 650-3308. Space is limited, and registration is open until May 15. Classes are one or two weeks beginning June 22. On-campus accommodations are available during the workshops.
David Clay Large, author of “Nazi Games – The Olympics of 1936,” will discuss the history behind his book from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in Academic West #204 on the Western Washington University Campus.
This presentation is provided free of charge and doors open at 3:50 p.m.
Next to the German squad, America’s team at the 1936 Olympics, often called the “Nazi Games,” was the largest. America’s presence in Berlin was highly controversial due to a powerful boycott effort in the U.S. and the extraordinary performances of African American athletes, including the four gold medals won by track star Jesse Owens.
Controversies involved Adolf Hitler’s alleged “snub” of Owens and how African-American triumphs were interpreted, in addition to two Jewish members of the track squad being excluded from participation in a relay race. This workshop will examine issues of race and politics at what remains the most notorious of all modern Olympiads.
David Clay Large, author of a dozen books on the Olympics, is currently a senior fellow at the Institute for European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. Large’s presentation is hosted by the Western Reads program in conjunction with its 2014-15 selection, “The Boys in the Boat,” which tells the story of the University of Washington men’s rowing team that against all odds represented the U.S. and claimed gold at the Berlin games.
Convenient parking is available in the C-lots, south end of campus. Follow parking regulations and fee schedule.
For more information on the presentation or the Western Reads program, contact Dawn Dietrich at Western.Reads@wwu.edu.
Western Washington University Youth Programs will offer Odyssey of Science & Arts for students in grades 3-8 from March 30 through April 2 at Shannon Point Marine Center and Washington Park in Anacortes.
The program is one of three new youth offerings presented in partnership with the Anacortes School District and Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center.
The upcoming Odyssey of Science & Arts program will explore marine mammals who inhabit the Salish Sea. Students will learn through hands-on activities in specialized learning labs and an outdoor classroom, and will train to be a harbor porpoise observer for real porpoise research.
A morning session from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. will be offered for grades 3-5 and an afternoon session will run from 1-5 p.m. for students in grades 6-8. Each session costs $129.
Both sessions will be taught by Mira Lutz, a Western Washington University alumna, who holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology and teaching certification.
Western Washington University’s Youth Programs have been inspiring youth for over three decades through educational and recreational enrichment. Taught by top quality educators and Western education students, youth enjoy access to specialized labs and university resources as they explore their educational and creative passions in a safe, lively college atmosphere. In addition to personal growth, Western Youth Programs encourage youth of all ages to consider higher education as a possibility for their own future.
The Shannon Point Marine Center’s mission is to support and promote marine science academic programs at WWU, develop new information about local marine environments, train the next generation of marine scientists, and provide public education events.