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Contact: Alisyn Maggiora, Western Washington University Extended Education, at (360) 650-3717 or Alisyn.Maggiora@wwu.edu
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University will offer a Web Design and Development Level 1: HTML to Worldpress course beginning Jan. 9 that will teach participants how to develop and maintain websites and how to use database-driven web capabilities.
Students will be introduced to web design with an emphasis on essential markup language and WordPress. In the first half of the quarter, students will create a simple multi-page website using HTML and CSS, and the second half will focus on the use of WordPress to expand the student’s toolkit for more advanced web publishing skills.
The course is ideal for people who envision themselves starting their own businesses; marketing products online; designing, developing or maintaining one or more websites; or seeking employment and career skills in a web-design field.
The course is a hybrid course with weekly face-to-face sessions and corresponding online resources and assignments. This course also provides the option for participants to earn two optional Western credits.
Clinic Contact: Cindy Savage, Psychology Department, at 360-650-3184 or email@example.com
BELLINGHAM – Beginning Jan. 21, graduate students in Western Washington University’s Psychology Department will provide free individual counseling services under faculty supervision.
Western’s Counseling Training Clinic has openings for individual counseling of adults, adolescents and children. Appointments for individual counseling are available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Counselors are trained to deal with a wide range of issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, vocational choices, grieving, communication problems, parent-child conflicts and childhood issues.
Anyone interested in these services can call Cindy Savage in Western’s Psychology Department at (360) 650-3184, and leave a confidential message with a contact phone number.
Contact: Dan Purdy, Western Washington University director of The Western Front Door to Discovery and adjunct professor of Marketing at (360) 739-9078 or Daniel.firstname.lastname@example.org.
BELLINGHAM – The winners of Startup Weekend Bellingham, two entrepreneurial teams led by Western Washington University students, will be competing in the Northwest Battle – Startup Edition at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12 at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle.
The Northwest Battle is a competition for entrepreneurial teams to pitch their startup business ideas to judges like Marc Nager, the CEO of Up Global, a nonprofit that supports entrepreneurs. In order to compete, teams must have won first or second place in one of the seven Startup Weekend events that in various cities throughout the Northwest this fall.
Startup Weekend Bellingham took place from Nov. 22-24 at the BIG Idea Lab in downtown Bellingham. Startup weekends allow anyone to join and pitch an idea for a business. Teams are formed around those ideas and spend the entire weekend building a startup; facilitators, organizers and industry-professional mentors all come together to support the startup teams.
Dan Purdy, Western’s director of The Western Front Door to Discovery and adjunct professor of Marketing, co-organized the event with Tyler Byrd of the BIG Idea Lab, Dodd Snodgrass of the Port of Bellingham and Sommer Cronk of the Technology Alliance Northwest. Of the 65 registrants, 39 were students and 26 were community members.
“We were just blown away by the enthusiasm of the community for Startup Weekend,” Purdy said. “The collaboration and support of the community was the key to this success; from the 25 mentors and judges volunteering their time to the sponsors who made it possible to feed 100 people throughout the weekend. We are so proud to send these two teams to Seattle to represent the Bellingham startup community.”
The Almost Gentlemen team, comprised of Western students Joshua Bennett (San Jose, Calif.) and Adam Zerby (Sedro-Woolley), and community members TJ Meyer and Nancy Joseph took first place at Startup Weekend Bellingham. Their startup, Almost Gentlemen, aspires to connect men with quality content to support them in personal growth and refinement. Their business would send their customers a box each month containing very specific products and challenges.
In second place was the 3D Connect team, made up of Western students Alex White (Woodinville), Joe Sturgeon (Woodinville) and Kayla Hall (Sequim) and community members David Katsandres, Steve Stedman and Marilyn Flint. With their startup, 3D Connect, they offer a service that gives the general population a connection to those who own 3D printers, in order to make 3D printing more accessible.
Tickets for the event range from $10 to $15 and can be purchased online at http://bellingham.startupweekend.org/.
For more information, contact Dan Purdy, Western Washington University director of The Western Front Door to Discovery and adjunct professor of Marketing at (360) 739-9078 or email@example.com.
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 100 best values in public colleges, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. The ranking, released today, cites four-year schools that combine outstanding education with economic value.
Kiplinger’s magazine ranks Western 93rd on its list of the 100 Best Values in Public Colleges for 2014. Western was listed at 74th in 2013 and 81st in 2012.
“We’re very proud to again be among Kiplinger’s best values in public higher education, because we’ve made it an institutional priority to maximize value and affordability while maintaining our reputation for quality. It’s the commitment and innovation of our great faculty and staff that makes this balance possible, and ensures that Western is not only a place where students can get the best value for their dollar, but develop values that help them put their higher education to higher purposes as well,” said Western President Bruce Shepard.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill tops the list, followed by the University of Virginia and the University of Florida. The University of Washington, the only other ranked school in the state of Washington, is No. 13.
Western has appeared on the list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value the university offers. Western also has consistently received strong rankings in U.S. News & World Report surveys of colleges and universities in the nation. Western is the highest ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to U.S. News & World Report college rankings.
Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to a number of measurable standards, including academic quality, cost and financial aid, student indebtedness, competitiveness, and graduation rates. The annual public school rankings are available online at: http://www.kiplinger.com/article/college/T014-C000-S002-best-values-in-public-colleges-2014.html
Contact: Office of University Communications, (360) 650-3350
BELLINGHAM – Jack Cullen, a member of Foster Pepper PLLC Attorneys at Law, will address Western Washington University graduates and their families at Western’s fall Commencement ceremony, which starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 in Carver Gymnasium.
Approximately 600 undergraduates and about 42 master’s candidates will receive degrees this quarter. Fall 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.
Cullen is a 1973 Western graduate with a degree in Political Science. He has 35 years of experience in business law and specializes in complex financial matters. In 2013, “Best Lawyers in America” named Cullen the “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle for work related to bankruptcy, insolvency and reorganization law. He recently represented an investment group led by actor Patrick Dempsey to purchase Tully’s Coffee. Cullen is also an experienced skydiver who was a member of the U.S. team that won a world championship in 1976. Cullen earned his law degree from the University of Puget Sound. Today, he is a member of the Western Foundation board of directors.
The ceremony’s student Commencement speaker will be Natalie Boles, who will receive her Bachelor of Arts degree Saturday in Geography. Boles, who attended high school and community college in Cincinnati, completed a minor in Disaster Risk Reduction and studied the Japanese post-tsunami recovery effort with Associate Professor Scott Miles. She hopes to attend graduate school and explore career options in the nonprofit or government sector.
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 gym.
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 busses 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.
Contact: Sandra Mottner, Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics associate dean at Sandra.Mottner@wwu.edu or (360) 650-2403.
BELLINGHAM – Seven outstanding students from Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics were recently hosted by Alpha Technologies, Inc. as part of the college's quarterly Leadership Lunch series.
Alpha Technologies’ executives escorted the students on a comprehensive tour of the facilities in Bellingham and then sat down for a discussion-filled lunch led by Professor Kristi Tyran of Western’s Management Department.
The Alpha Technologies, Inc. executives included P.H. Bhatt, vice president of Engineering; Colette Cole, National Support manager; John Hewitt, vice president of Broadband Sales and Product Management; John O’Rourke, vice president of Finance and Administration; Gary Tremblay, vice president and general manager at Alpha Technologies Services, Inc.; and Product Specialist Kendall Whitney, who received her master’s degree from Western in 2013.
The selection of students representing the College of Business and Economics was based upon faculty input from each department who considered such criteria as academic achievement, student activities and service. Students included Lauren Lyshall (Edmonds), Nic Doherty (Leavenworth), Katie Walvatne (Kenmore), Sean Simmons (Port Angeles), Jasmine Moffatt (Spokane), Kekoa Davidson (Wailuku, Hawaii) and Alix Hamilton (Olympia).
Leadership Lunches are held quarterly and are sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Education. Sandra Mottner, the director of the Center for Innovation in Education and associate dean of the College of Business and Economics, also attended the tour, lunch and discussion.
For further information, contact Sandra Mottner at Sandra.Mottner@wwu.edu or (360) 650-2403.
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 – Students of the Western Washington University Dance program’s advanced choreography class in the Department of Theatre and Dance will present “Fall Into Dance” at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 5 and 6, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7 on the Performing Arts Center Mainstage.
Artistic Director Nolan Dennett calls “Fall into Dance a feast for the senses that celebrates a broad range of contemporary dance. The program is entirely student-run and features highly innovative work, showcasing original choreography set to a wide range of contemporary and classical music, as well as silence and ambient sounds.
The 2013 “Fall into Dance” concert features choreography by Terriell Samuels, Kyra Skaggs, Hannah Rivers, Madison Tiller, Brynn Nielsen, Sami Hall, Chelsea Jade Zibolsky, Brittney Smith, and Katherine Freeman.
Admission to Fall into Dance is $12, with discounts for Seniors, and a special $4 price for students with valid ID.
Due to high at-the-door ticket demand, please come early to allow enough time for parking and purchasing tickets. For reservations, please call the Western Box Office at (360) 650-6146, or online at tickets.wwu.edu.
For more information about the performance, contact Chris Casquilho, manager of Marketing and Special Events for Western's College of Fine and Performing Arts, at (360) 650-2829, or email email@example.com.