BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university. And overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.
About 1,100 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties will be visiting Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicks off the 10th year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as lifelong learners.
The Career Services Center is hosting its annual Health Professional and Grad School Fair on Thursday, October 18 from 10-2 in the Wade King Rec Center - MAC Gym. This event is both for students interested in a career in healthcare as well as those looking to explore opportunities and programs for advanced studies in a variety of fields.
The Linguistics Program, the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host Reyna Gordon, the director of the Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab, at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in Miller Hall 152.
The event, titled “Individual differences in language and rhythm skills: a journey from behavior to brain to genetics," is free and open to the public.
Wildlife Studies Senior Field Studies Advisor Allison Dolan will present “Wildlands Studies and the Transformative Effect of a Field Studies Program” at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 in Academic West 203 as part of the Huxley Speaker Series.
All Huxley Speakers Series events are free and open to the public.
Retired President and CEO of the Ford Motor Corp. Alan Mulally will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Western Washington University Leadership Forum on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham.
Western Washington University was recently ranked 15th in the “25 Best Green Colleges in The United States” list by Collegeconsensus.com, and was the top-ranked institution in the Pacific Northwest.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognizes those ranked on the list as higher education institutions using the largest amount of green power. Ranked institutions also share values such as environmental stewardship, respect for human impact on the planet and reputation for sustainability.
New to Western and living off campus? Come to the Off Campus Living Transfer Student Social from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Brandywine Kitchen, 1317 Commercial St., in Bellingham to meet other transfer students, provide ideas about how WWU can better support transfer students, and win prizes!
Derek Moscato, assistant professor of Journalism at Western Washington University, will give a talk entitled “Pipelines and Prairie Protest: How Great Plains Environmentalists Win Hearts and Minds and Change the Media Narrative,” at Western Washington University from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17 in the Western Libraries Reading Room (Wilson Library 4th floor Central).
The event is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University's Jackie Caplan-Auerbach will discuss her summer work at sea performing offshore monitoring of Hawai'i's Kilauea volcano at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Academic West 204 as part of the Huxley Speaker Series.
The presentation, titled "Ocean-Bottom Seismology and the 2018 Eruption of Kilauea Volcano" is free and open to the public.
Western Lecture Series to Present ‘Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Personal Care Products: Health Effects and How to Reduce our Exposures’ Oct. 16 in Kingston
Western Washington University on the Peninsulas will host Fran Solomon at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Village Green Community Center in Kingston for “Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals in Personal Care Products: Health Effects and How to Reduce our Exposures.”
How do we create a trusting learning environment? Is political correctness a form of censorship, or is it an ideal for creating fairness? Does the grading system and standardized testing help or hurt student learning? Join students, faculty, staff, and community members as they consider questions like these during this quarter’s Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) dialogue sessions.
Western Washington University plans to test its emergency notification system known as Western Alert at 2:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 and also conduct a campus lockdown drill.
Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety information.
The upcoming Fall World Issues Forum lecture series, facilitated by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will focus on topics such as immigration policy, indigenous sovereignty, human rights violations and global documentary practices.
The forums are free and open to Western’s community and the general public. The forums are held from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless otherwise noted below.
Wednesday, Oct. 3
Director of Global Beverage at Pepsico’s Design + Innovation Center in New York City Fumi Watanabe James will give a free lecture on design at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Miller Hall room 138.
The lecture is open to the public.
Artist and biologist Brandon Ballengée will conduct a week-long series of lectures, demonstrations, and programs Oct. 9-13 at Western Washington University and the Whatcom Museum.
The series, organized as part of Professor Cynthia Camlin’s Art & Ecology course, is supported by the WWU Sustainable Action Fund, the Department of Art & Art History, the Biology Department, and Huxley College of the Environment. Ballengée’s work currently appears in the Whatcom Museum exhibition, Endangered Species: Artists on the Front Line of Biodiversity.
Western Washington University Associate Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll has secured a new funding stream from the CHDI Foundation to assist in his continuing research into the causes and potential treatments for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic degenerative brain disorder.
Huxley Speaker Series to present overview of research and education opportunities at WWU's Shannon Point Marine Center Sept. 27
Kathy Van Alstyne will present "Marine Science Research and Education at WWU’s Shannon Point Marine Center" at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27 in Academic West 204 as part of the Huxley Speaker Series.
Western Washington University's Center for Cross-Cultural Research and Department of Psychology will host University of Michigan Professor of Psychology Donna Nagata from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 in Academic West 204, when she will present "Long-Term and Intergenerational Psychosocial Impacts of the World War II Japanese American Incarceration."
Anthony Shull has been selected as the new senior director for Language and Cultural Programs in Extended Education at Western Washington University.
Language and Cultural Programs (LCP) offers a variety of English language programs for learners of all ages and levels, including the Asia University America, Intensive English, International Youth and Custom Language and Culture programs.