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Contact: Connie Hernandez, Western Washington University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, (360) 650-2884, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Committee for Research and Creative Opportunities has announced the spring 2014 cycle awards, which provide encouragement for undergraduate students to engage in creative work in their disciplines and up to $500 per student in funding to support their projects.
This type of research is at the core of Western’s goal of supporting interdisciplinary study across campus.
Faculty members on the committee select undergraduate recipients based on the quality of the students’ proposals, significance of the project and its feasibility.
The following students received Research and Creative Opportunities grants for spring quarter:
- Kevin Lowdon, Studio Art/Photography: Exhibition Funding
- Anzhela Storozhenko, Chemistry: Voltage-Dependent SERS Sensor
- Saum Hadi, Chemistry: PEI Purification and Characterization
- Shelby Windom, Theatre Arts: "To Whom it May Concern" Theatrical Piece
- Jesse Larson, Chemistry: Enhancing the Performance of Silk-Based Conducting Polymer Artificial Muscles
- Angela Cowley, Sociology: Hooking Up and College Students
- Diane Perez, Chemistry: Characterization of PtCo Nanoparticles
- Melissa Hand, Fine Arts: Corporeal Visages of the Pacific Northwest
- Hayley Boyd, Fine Arts: Salvaged Space
- Nicholas Ostrovsky-Snider, Chemistry: Electropolymerization of Conductive Polymers Onto Silk Films
- Kyle Andelin, Economics: The Impact of Flood Risk on Property Values
- Serena Wo, Biochemistry: scHb Crystallization
- Quinton Maldonado, Studio Art: Color Portraits
- Spencer Isitt, Studio Art: Photo Research Travel
- Paige Atterberry, Chemistry Department: Directing Nerve Growth on Silk-Based Biomaterials Using Chemokine Gradients
For more information, contact Connie Hernandez in Western’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at (360) 650-2884, email@example.com, or visit http://www.wwu.edu/rsp/documents/ugrad.shtml.
Contact: Paul Cocke, director, WWU Office of Communications and Marketing, (360) 650-3350; Paul.Cocke@wwu.edu
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
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Contact Western Today editor Matthew Anderson at (360) 650-7434 or firstname.lastname@example.org.