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BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.
The results, released in The Chronicle’s seventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on a survey of more than 43,500 faculty and staff at 278 colleges and universities. Only 92 institutions achieved the recognition for specific best practices and policies.
“Western offers a campus culture of excellence for our students, a direct result of our exceptionally talented, caring faculty and staff. Our campus community values and emphasizes collaboration and respect among all employees,” said Western President Bruce Shepard.
Western, which now has been recognized four years in a row, won honors in four categories:
- Collaborative governance (Faculty members play significant roles in decisions related to academic programs. Employees agree with statements like: "Faculty, administration, and staff are meaningfully involved in institutional planning.")
- Confidence in senior leadership (Leaders have the knowledge, skills and experience necessary for the success of the college. Employees agree with statements like: "Senior leadership provides a clear direction for this institution's future.")
- Supervisor or Department-Chair Relationship (Supervisors or chairs makes expectations clear and solicit ideas. Employees agree with statements like: "I believe what I am told by my supervisor/department chair.")
- Tenure Clarity & Process (requirements for tenure are clear. Employees agree with statements like "Promotions in my department are based on a person's ability.")
Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Western Washington University included among the large universities with 10,000 or more students. The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institutional audit that captured demographics and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.
To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.
Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all the results of the survey, visit The Chronicle’s Web site.
Contact: Kathy Johnson, Western Washington University Extended Education, (360) 394-2733 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
POULSBO, Wash. – Western Washington University Youth Programs hosted 20 students in grades K-4 during its Western Kids Camp from July 14-17 at the Western Washington University Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo.
The four-day camp marks the first time that Western Kids Camp will be offered on the Kitsap Peninsula.
Western Kids Camp blends academics and recreation in an engaging and fun learning environment. Participants have the opportunity to explore and discover enriching topics through activities that combine the utilization of university classroom labs and equipment with outdoor recreational activities.
“Western Kids Camp is a partnership with Western and the City of Poulsbo Parks and Recreation,” shared manager of Youth Programs, Debbie Gibbons. “The students experience a blend of academic, physical, and social enrichment in a fun learn-by-doing environment that boosts confidence and familiarizes them with a college campus at a young age.”
“The program incorporates community and team-building, and we are excited to be doing the same with the residents of Kitsap County and Olympic College.”
Western Youth Programs course offerings are taught by Western faculty with rich backgrounds in various fields of study. For over three decades, Western Youth Programs have inspired students to explore their educational and creative passions in a safe and lively college atmosphere. In addition to personal growth, Western Youth Programs encourages youth of all ages to consider higher education as a possibility for their own future.
For more information about Western Youth Programs, visit www.wwu.edu/youth, email email@example.com or call (360) 650-3308.
Kailyn, a Western Kids Camp attendee, works on the cover of her Explorer Journal Monday, July 14, at camp. The students worked on their journals throughout the week, adding data they collected on trail walks and while creating art projects. Photo by Marlene Harlan / WWU
Patrick Murray, 7, and his grandmother Lynne Masland, of Bellingham, have visited Western’s campus before (Masland is the erstwhile director of University Communications at Western), but have never participated in Grandparents U, Murray said. The two are building a small theater for staging plays at home in the Fine Arts building on Western’s campus Thursday, July 17. “I originally was going to make it Mt. Baker Theatre, but I decided to change it to Mt. Patrick Theatre, since my name is Patrick. Right now I’m working on the letters for Patrick,” he said. Photo by Annika Wolters / WWU Communications and Marketing intern
Western Washington University’s Grandparents U summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren continues July 18 on Western's Bellingham campus.
The Bellingham program is just one of four being offered this year. One program just wrapped up in Poulsbo, where it was offered for the first time. Two other programs -- one for children ages 7 to 10, and the other for children 10 to 14 -- will take place next month in Anacortes.
Each two-day intergenerational summer program provides participants a chance to spend quality time together while exploring popular topics taught by Western faculty.
In Bellingham, offerings included:
- Not Just Your Parent’s Chemistry Set: Explore the fun and fascinating world of chemistry through reactions that change color, temperature and spark colored flames. Participants will experiment with dry ice and liquid nitrogen, investigate phase changes, and make several plastics to play with. All activities will be hands-on, including some that you will be able to reproduce at home to amaze your friends and family. Instructor: Elizabeth Raymond
- Bringing Books to Life: Write, Sculpt and Paint Your Own Stories: The greatest stories come to life through their characters. You and your grandchild will work together to write an original story, then breathe life into the pages through sculpted characters and watercolor backdrops and sets. Your story will then be shared with other members of the class through a performance of your writing, acted out with your sculpted characters on portable stages. Instructors: Gaye Green and Rosanna Porter
- Colorful Keepsake Journals, Bookbinding and Paper Crafting: Design your own “Moleskine” style notebook or journal with a personalized touch. Participants will explore historical techniques of paper crafting and bookbinding for inspiration. We will then craft our own unique keepsakes to take home by making colorful and patterned paste papers and applying them to simple bindings. Instructor: Elsi Vassdal Ellis
- Let’s Play in the Dirt: Formation, Collecting, and Cleaning Fossils: Fossils are amazing. Take this opportunity to play with relics from our earth’s past. You will excavate your own plant fossils from blocks of sediment and learn how to clean them. Once your fossils are cleaned, we will use laboratory techniques to investigate how these fossils were formed. At the end of class the fossils will be ready to take home and display. Instructor: Thomas Evans
- The Secret Life of Trees: Let’s explore the wonder that is a tree. How can they grow up to 300 feet and live for 5,000 years? Can they talk to other creatures, and why do some of them shed their leaves? We will investigate these questions and more by using microscopes, conducting lab experiments, and going on campus field trips through the beautiful Sehome Arboretum. After class, you will be able to take home your tree experiment to share with friends and family. Instructor: Anu Singh-Cundy
- Transitions, Summerstart programs to welcome thousands to campus
- Youth Programs offers Western Kids Camp in Poulsbo
- Border Policy Research Institute to report on research at Pacific Northwest Economic Region summit
- Music festival includes July 20 concert on campus
- Faculty, staff convocation set for Sept. 18
- Faculty, staff may present family members' diplomas at summer commencement
- Faculty asked to participate in summer 2014 commencement
- PAC project to close lane of West Campus Way
- Staff asked to answer survey about international commitment at Western
- High Street to close in evenings from July 21 to 23
- Federal Loans Tough To Come By For Community College Students - NPR
- Ten WWU student-athletes receive GNAC FAR academic honors - The Bellingham Herald
- Camano Island family rooted in bluegrass - The (Everett) Herald
- USD 457 hires former Scott City superintendent - The Garden City Telegram
The website is updated daily throughout the year. Visit the website online at http://www.wwu.edu/westerntoday/.
Contact Western Today editor Matthew Anderson at (360) 650-7434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Paul Cocke, director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, (360) 650-3350, Paul.Cocke@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Facing the Future, an award-winning developer of teacher’s guides, student textbooks and digital resources that equip and motivate K-college students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable world, has become an independent program of Western Washington University.
"We are thrilled to join Western Washington University and to work with such dedicated and inspirational faculty, staff and administrators. The university's long tradition of excellence in environmental education, primary and secondary education, and business administration with ethics and justice at its core makes us so proud to become Vikings," said Kimberly Corrigan, executive director of Facing the Future.
Facing the Future (FTF) will retain its name, partners, and network and will work collaboratively with university faculty and experts on scholarship, research and outreach.
“Facing the Future is a leader that empowers teachers to ignite their students’ interest in complex environmental issues. Facing the Future will benefit from the environment, energy, and sustainability educational programs and research at Western. In turn, Western faculty, staff and students will have an outreach mechanism for sharing their educational programs and research with a worldwide audience,” said Steve Hollenhorst, dean of Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.
FTF's staff will remain headquartered in Seattle, continuing under the direction of Executive Director Corrigan. FTF will be located in the university’s Seattle office, which also includes the WWU Foundation.
“Western Washington University has partnered with Facing the Future on a variety of projects over the last decade. We are very excited that they will now be a part of the Western family. Thousands of teachers in the U.S .and around the world use Facing the Future materials to help K-12 students at all grade levels explore a wide variety of global issues pertaining to the environment, economies and social justice. Now we look forward to working with the Facing the Future team in the months and years ahead to introduce their amazing materials to new audiences here in the U.S. and internationally,” said Victor Nolet, WWU professor of Secondary Education whose research has included sustainability in education.
FTF staff research and write global issues and sustainability curriculum materials that meet national education standards; provide professional development training to teachers on global issues, sustainability, and service learning; and help schools integrate global sustainability across their curricula.
Facing the Future curriculum is in use in all 50 states and more than 120 countries by teachers and students in grades K-college and across multiple subject areas, including science, social studies, and environmental education.
Facing the Future, founded in 1995, has received support from many prominent private foundations, government grants, individual donations and income from its various textbooks and other publications. As an independent program of Western, FTF will continue as a self-sustaining organization, reaching out to even more educators and students.
“In the years to come FTF will serve tens of thousands more educators across the nation and throughout the world, and will strategically expand the communities it serves to include higher education, business, government, and the general citizenry to more deeply understand the pressing local and global issues of our time and to work effectively to prepare young people to take leadership roles in building a just and sustainable future for all,” Corrigan said.
Facing the Future, highly regarded by educators across the nation and world, has won numerous prestigious awards, including: Distinguished Achievement Award Finalist from the Association of Educational Publishers, 2011; North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), Outstanding Service to Environmental Education by an Organization, 2010 and 2006; International Association of Webmasters and Designers 2003-2004 Golden Web Award, and Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) Digital Dozen Award, 2002.
Contact: Western Washington University Extended Education, ExtendedEd@wwu.edu, (360) 650-3308
BELLINGHAM – The international students of Western Washington University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) will host a Ramadan event to share the breaking of fast from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 in College Hall, room 137.
This event is free and open to Western students and members of the community interested in sharing or learning about the Muslim tradition of Ramadan. Attendees are encouraged to bring a food dish to share for the potluck meal.
“It’s a pleasure to celebrate this event with our students,” said Maggie Barklind, director of Extended Education Student and Course Services. “It is a great opportunity for the Western and Bellingham communities to ask questions, learn about other cultures, and share in this exciting traditional experience.”
Ramadan signifies a mandatory fasting season for adult Muslims in which they are required to abstain from foods, drinks and other physical activities during the daylight hours. Ramadan is intended to be a time for cleansing the soul, focusing attention on God and emphasizing self-sacrifice. Eating begins after sunset, hence, Ramadan can be perceived as a period when Muslims are educated on matters of spirituality, patience and humility. Immediately after Ramadan, the celebrations begin for the holiday of Eid Al-Fitr, which is one of the biggest two holidays for Muslims. This month highlights traditional customs celebrated around the world and brings a special feeling of closeness.
The Intensive English Program at WWU in Bellingham offers a combination of core and support classes for students and professionals seeking to strengthen their use of the English language. The program aims to welcome all international applicants, as well create opportunities for Western’s community to share in cultural awareness. IEP currently has 55 international students from over 10 countries, including Taiwan, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Germany, Venezuela, South Korea, China, Thailand, Kuwait, and Japan.
Western Washington University is an equal opportunity institution. For disability accommodation, please contact Extended Education, (360) 650-3308 or ExtendedEd@wwu.edu.