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Fall Quarter Commencement Set for Dec. 10

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:27am

Jennifer Kutcher, president and CEO of Whatcom Educational Credit Union, will address Western Washington University graduates and their families in three fall Commencement ceremonies, Dec. 10 in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage.

Approximately 675 undergraduates and about 31 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.

Laurie Trautman Named Director of WWU Border Policy Research Institute

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:46am

Laurie Trautman has been named director of the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) at Western Washington University.

Trautman was associate director of the BPRI from 2014 until this year.  She succeeds interim director David Davidson, who followed longtime director Don Alper.

Nominations Sought by Dec. 9 for "Critical Thinking" Showcase

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:31am

The Center for Instructional Innovation & Assessment​ encourages Western faculty, staff, and students to nominate an instructor whose course work reflects this year's Showcase theme, Critical Thinking.

English Dept.'s Kami Westhoff publishes "Sleepwalker," new book of poems

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:25am

Western Washington University Senior Instructor of English Kami Westhoff has published a new book of poems titled "Sleepwalker," which has been awarded the 2016 Minerva Rising Chapbook prize. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in journals including Meridian, Phoebe, Third Coast, River City, The Madison Review, and Sundog Lit. Her short story "The Ways You Are Gone" received the 2007 Editor's Prize from Carve Magazine. She teaches creative writing, and is the faculty adviser for Jeopardy Magazine.

Employees recognized for commitment to Western's Equity and Inclusion Forum workshop series

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 8:58am

Sixteen current and former Western faculty and staff were recognized at the Squalicum Boathouse where they were presented with plaques for completing workshops in all four learning concepts in the Campus Equity and Inclusion Forum.

“When these 16 folks signed up for these workshops they had no idea they’d be earning this plaque, being served dinner and being honored by our vice presidents and president. The work came from their heart," said Nick Sanchez, Western's Employment Inclusion manager.

Western’s Jeff Carroll Awarded New $800k Grant to Research Huntington’s Disease

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 10:33am

BELLINGHAM ­– Western Washington University Associate Professor of Psychology Jeff Carroll has secured an $806,805 grant to assist in his continuing research into the causes and potential treatments for Huntington’s disease, a fatal genetic degenerative brain disorder.

Go back to your childhood with Western’s Children’s & Young Adult Book Sale in early December

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 1:11pm

The power of a book can last a lifetime. Whether it’s a story of adventure or one of loss, the books that we read have definite impacts on our growth.

Soon, this power will be available for Western’s community to experience themselves and share with others.

WWU’s Small Business Development Center Announces New Office and Grand Opening Event Tuesday, Dec. 13

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 9:55am

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host a grand opening celebration for its new downtown office location from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at 1616 Cornwall Ave., Suite #119.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local officials as well as music, appetizers and beverages. This is a great opportunity to check out the new office space and socialize with other members of the local business community.

WWU’s Small Business Development Center to Co-Sponsor Digital Marketing Training Program in Blaine Dec. 6

Wed, 11/23/2016 - 9:47am

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the City of Blaine and the Blaine Chamber of Commerce to bring a digital marketing training program to local businesses from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the Blaine School District Office at 765 H St.

Attendance is free but space is limited and registration is preferred. 

This training program will give attendees insights on what it takes to succeed online, and with a physical location, in a multi-channel and multi-screen world.

Western a part of AASCU's "Opportunities For All" campaign

Tue, 11/22/2016 - 9:29am

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), an organization of more than 400 public colleges, universities, and systems across the nation, has rolled out a national marketing campaign after a year-long pilot project last year that Western contributed greatly to.

Kitsap Bank Establishes Pair of Scholarships for Students at WWU Center at Olympic College in Poulsbo

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 12:31pm

Kitsap Bank has donated $25,000 to the Western Washington University Foundation to establish a pair of renewable $2,500 scholarships for students attending WWU Center at Olympic College Poulsbo.

The scholarships were announced at Kitsap Bank's edg3 FUND small business competition on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Sylvia Yang is New Director for WWU’s SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 10:57am

Western Washington University marine scientist Sylvia Yang has been named director at Western’s SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo.

The SEA Discovery Center, located on the Liberty Bay waterfront in downtown Poulsbo, includes a tide pool touch tank, theater and aquariums as well as over 100 species of marine plants and animals found in Puget Sound. It offers a range of educational programs and events for the public and school groups.

Western’s 'Lean SMEs' Win 2016 Boeing Northwest Case Competition

Wed, 11/16/2016 - 9:53am

Western Washington University’s College of Business and Economics student team, “Lean Subject Matter Experts” (Lean SMEs), made up of four Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management (MSCM) students along with an Accounting student, won first place at the Boeing Northwest Case Competition at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Nov. 4.

Lean SMEs included Lara Masri (Gig Harbor), Preston Paulson (Amery, Wisconsin), Zane Hashmi (Lahore, Pakistan), Nathan Hill (Issaquah), and Swann Davis (Bundang, Korea).

Former Secretary of Defense, CIA Director Robert Gates to Speak at Western’s Leadership Forum Nov. 17

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 9:37am

Former Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Gateswill be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Western Washington University Leadership Forum on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. with lunch service beginning at noon; the keynote address will begin at 12:45 p.m.

WWU Youth Programs to Offer Early Release Program this Winter

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 9:02am

Western Washington University Youth Programs will offer an early release program for students in grades K-5 this winter.

The program will be held Thursdays, Jan. 19 through March 2, from 2-4:45 p.m. on Western’s campus.

WWU Youth Program's Early Release Enrichment is scheduled to coincide with early release Thursdays and act as an alternative form of childcare, while providing an introduction to college life for Bellingham School District K-5 students. Students may register for any number of sessions.

Here are the Bellingham program dates and themes:

Western to Offer New International Youth Program in Summer 2017

Tue, 11/15/2016 - 8:42am

Western Washington University’s Extended Education Youth Programs is offering a new program, the Summer English Adventure Camp, this summer.

The program, which is focused towards international high school students aged 14 to 17, will allow students to immerse themselves in American culture as they increase their English fluency and explore the Pacific Northwest.

Munro Seminar Begins Tonight with Nationally Acclaimed Political Scholar

Mon, 11/14/2016 - 11:01am

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host Danny Hayes, Political Science professor at George Washington University, for its 2016 Ralph Munro Seminar keynote lecture at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, at the Mount Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham.

All Munro Seminar events are free and open to the public. 

Western to Implement New FourBlock Career-Readiness Program for Veterans Starting this Spring

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 9:46am

Beginning spring quarter, Western Washington University’s Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership will be a host location for FourBlock, a career-readiness program offered free to veterans enrolled at Western Washington University, Whatcom Community College, and Bellingham Technical College.

FourBlock is a program designed to equip veterans with the professional development, career exploration, and network needed to make strong career choices.

WWU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program Seeks Volunteers

Wed, 11/09/2016 - 2:27pm

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Western Washington University is seeking student and community volunteers to provide assistance in preparation for the 2016 tax season from early February through April 18.

Lorna and Darrell Smith to Discuss Washington's Large Carnivores Nov. 10

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 1:57pm

Lorna and Darrell Smith from Western Wildlife Outreach will discuss the status of large carnivores in Washington state as part of the Western Washington University Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 in Miller Hall 138 on the WWU campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.