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Western Washington University to offer Ethics in Workplace Workshop April 19

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 4:35pm

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics will offer “Ethics in the Workplace” this spring, the first of several professional development courses designed for business executives and human resource professionals. 

The half-day non-credit course will be offered from 8:00 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, April 19 at the Squalicum Boathouse in Bellingham. Cost to attend is $349 with registration details available at ee.wwu.edu/professional-development.

WWU Part of Research Group Awarded New $5 Million Grant to Study the Gulf of Alaska

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 9:45am

Western Washington University Senior Marine Scientist Suzanne Strom of the Shannon Point Marine Center is part of a group of scientists recently awarded $5.6 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research over the next five years in the Northern Gulf of Alaska.

The grant funding supports the formation by the NSF of the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, one of 28 such sites spread across the country’s mountains, plains, rivers, forests, and oceans.

WWU selected to host USA Rugby regional playoff tournament April 8-9 at Harrington Field

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 8:36am

USA Rugby, the governing body for collegiate rugby in the United States, has announced that Western Washington University has been selected to host the regional rounds of the 2016-17 Men’s Division I-AA and Women’s Division-II National Championships. Matches will take place on April 8 and 9 at Robert Harrington Field on WWU’s campus.

WWU to host Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis March 28 in the Old Main Theatre

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:05am

Western's Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies will host Irish traditional musicians Mick Moloney and Athena Tergis at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 in the Old Main Theatre. 

Images: Winter Commencement 2017

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:41pm

WWU commencement images by Dan Levine.

WWU To Host PNW’s First Queer Comics Convention

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 1:47pm

Recognizing the need within the community for a comics convention that supports and celebrates the transformational role of queer and minority characters and their creators in comics and science fiction, a student-led group of organizers from WWU reached a critical mass to take action on making their dream a reality. This year in April, WWU will host the Pacific Northwest’s first ever queer comics convention.


WWU’s Fairhaven College Announces Spring World Issues Forum Slate

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:58am

Grounded in social and environmental justice and human rights, the Spring World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will focus on topics such as nationalism, immigration, and political ideologies.

The forums, now in their 15th year, are free and open to the campus community and general public. The forums are held from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven Auditorium, unless otherwise noted below.


Winter Quarter Commencement Set for March 18

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:38pm

Philip Rotter, a Western Washington University alumnus and longtime design consultant in New York City, will address WWU graduates and their families in three winter Commencement ceremonies March 18 in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage.

Approximately 650 undergraduates and about 57 master’s candidates will receive degrees this quarter. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets. Overflow seating also will be available on campus.

WWU Youth Programs to Again Host 'Grandparents U' This Summer

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 10:18am

Western Washington University will again offer “Grandparents U,” an intergenerational program offering a variety of courses for grandparents and their grandchildren, in Bellingham and Anacortes this summer.

As part of the Bellingham program, students in grades 1-8 will partner with their grandparents to design computer programming, explore photography, learn drumming techniques from around the world, get involved in art, experience orchestra hands-on, build a language and become skilled with investments.

WWU’s Melissa Rice, Students Attend NASA Workshop for Mars 2020 Mission

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 9:21am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice recently attended a NASA workshop in Monrovia, California with a number of her students to help select landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Rice, who is a member of the Curiosity rover science team that has been exploring Mars since 2012, joined 172 scientists in narrowing down eight different potential landing sites to a final three sites.

WWU’s SDBC to Host Leadership Development Sessions March 21, 22 and 28

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 1:55pm

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce to host a series of Leadership Development Workshops from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 21, 22 and 28 at 5659 Barrett Road in Ferndale.

The programs are free but registration is required; to register, email sbdc@wwu.edu.

These training programs will give attendees insights on what it takes to become a better communicator and succeed as a leader of teams.

There will be three sessions:

WWU seeks input from area veterans in survey

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:13am

Western Washington University’s Veteran Services, in partnership with Whatcom County’s Veteran Program at the Health Department is conducting a follow up survey to last year’s county needs assessment.  This survey is open to all veterans in Whatcom County and can be found here: http://baseline.campuslabs.com/wwu/whatcom

Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Creepy' March 14 at the Pickford

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:07am

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is the 2016 feature Creepy.  It will screen on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. in downtown Bellingham.  

Before his 2008 film "Tokyo Sonata" introduced new audiences to his work, Kurosawa Kiyoshi was known as a horror director. His films were not ordinary horror films as they focused more on the complex psychological states of his characters than on delivering visceral thrills. Kurosawa’s current film is something of a return to his roots.

Have you made plans for Spring Break yet? Check out WWU's Alternative Spring Break!

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:44am

Have you made plans for Spring Break yet?  We’ve got ideas for you!

Find out how well you really know Bellingham during Alternative Spring Break, a series of FREE events designed for new students, staff, and faculty, and open to all! Bring your friends, partners, and family out to meet your neighbors and explore the Salish Sea region.

Four Viks head to Wrestling Nationals

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:36am

Four wrestlers from Western Washington University will be competing at the National Collegiate Wrestling Association National Championships this weekend, which is the most athletes WWU has ever sent to the annual event.

Viking Food Credits Help Students in Need

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:47pm

Roughly two thirds of Western students receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or work study.

But some students – especially those without family or other resources – may encounter circumstances that cause them to run so low on funds that they go hungry. In those instances, Western can help students in need with food credits.

Financial Aid counselors assess student needs and are authorized to put up to $100 per quarter on a student’s Viking card. This money can be used at any on-campus dining location.

WWU Youth Programs to Host Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) April 14

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 9:48am

Students in grades 1-5 are invited to enjoy an evening of hands-on science activities at Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) Friday, April 14.

The event is scheduled from 7-9:45 p.m. and includes an exploration of rockets, followed by an optional hour of pool time.

Students will be divided into two different learning groups: grades 1-3 and grades 4-5.

The cost is $25 for the academic session or $30 for both the academic session and swim time.

Registration is available online at wwu.edu/youth.

KNOW evening schedule:

WWU to host Alumnus and Mountaineer Leif Whittaker on Thursday, March 30

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 1:54pm

Western Washington University will host renowned mountaineer and Western alumnus Leif Whittaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Admission to the event is $5 per person and is open to the public.

In this presentation, Whittaker, son of the first American to summit Mount Everest, will shed light on growing up in the shadow of a famous father, and how that journey helped shape a unique view of his own relationship with a mountain and his dad.

WWU Supply Chain Students Inspire by 'Paying It Forward'

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 1:39pm

When three Western students won a prestigious case competition, were awarded $600 for the effort, and then decided to take this money and pay it forward by donating it to WWU APICS (their student professional organization), it might be considered extraordinary. But for these three, it was only the beginning of an amazing example of the power and reach of seemingly small, positive actions.

WWU Professor to Discuss ‘Leaning In and Merging Paths: The Professional Journeys of Indian Immigrant Women in the United States’ tonight at City Hall

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 1:26pm

Bidisha Biswas, Professor of Political Science at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “Leaning In and Merging Paths: The Professional Journeys of Indian Immigrant Women in the United States” from 7 to 8 p.m. on Monday, March 6th in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.