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WWU Takes Top Spot in Washington in Sierra Club’s 2017 ‘Cool Schools’ Sustainability Rankings

Wed, 08/23/2017 - 11:46am

Western Washington University placed 29th nationally and claimed the top spot in Washington state on the 2017 Cool Schools sustainability rankings done annually by the Sierra Club.

Erika McPhee-Shaw to Transition from SPMC Director to Huxley College faculty at WWU

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:29pm

Erika McPhee-Shaw, director of Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes, has resigned from being SPMC director and will transition to serving as a faculty member in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.

 “I value very much Dr. McPhee-Shaw’s leadership at the SPMC, and I look forward to the contributions she’ll make to Western as a faculty member,” said Brent Carbajal, Western’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Congrats summer graduates!

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 2:12pm

Douglas Leek, a Western Washington University alumnus and an administrator at The Northwest School in Seattle, addressed WWU graduates and their families at the summer commencement ceremony on Saturday in Carver Gymnasium.


WWU photos by Dan Levine

‘Coded Threads: Textiles and Technology’ begins Sept. 27 in the Western Gallery

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 11:56am

Contact: Hafthor Yngvason, director of the Western Gallery, Hafthor.Yngvason@wwu.edu


Western Gallery, on the campus of Western Washington University, will host “Coded Threads: Textile and Technology,” which brings together 14 well-known artists integrating textiles with technology, from Sept. 27 to Dec. 8, 2017.

College of Fine and Performing Arts takes lead in national arts career survey

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:59pm

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or chris.casquilho@wwu.edu

Do Good in Your Neighborhood Day is Sept. 30

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:51pm

Roll up your sleeves and get involved in Do Good in Your Neighborhood Day Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is an opportunity to build connections with your neighbors while doing some good in the Happy Valley and York neighborhoods.

WWU Summer Quarter Commencement Set for Aug. 19 in Carver

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:23pm

BELLINGHAM – Douglas Leek, a Western Washington University alumnus and an administrator at The Northwest School in Seattle, will address WWU graduates and their families at the summer commencement ceremony Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. in Carver Gymnasium.

About 390 undergraduate and 50 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western summer quarter. There will be one ceremony for all graduates and no tickets are required to attend. Overflow seating will be available on campus.

Slipstream the sleuth in summer theatre’s “Bicycle Noir”

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 11:13am

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or chris.casquilho@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – The Department of Theatre & Dance will present a unique murder mystery with action taking place throughout town and the audience and actors following the play on bicycles.

UbiQD Signs License Agreement with Western Washington University and University of Washington for Luminescent Solar Concentrator Technology

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:42am

Contact: David Patrick, Western Washington University professor of Chemistry, at (360) 650-3128 or david.patrick@wwu.edu; Donna O’Neill, University of Washington CoMotion Innovation Center at donnao3@uw.edu; or Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD at (505) 310-6767 or hunter@ubiqd.com.

Summer Art Class Travels to New York City

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:05am

In the summer of 2012, a Western Washington University student stood crying tears of joy in front of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” while visiting New York City with Professor of Art Garth Amundson and Associate Professor of Art Pierre Gour.

Seeing that student’s emotional response was the genesis of “Metro Art Access: NYC,” a 10-day summer course offered through Extended Education, that provides Western students the chance to travel to New York City to see some of the most famous museums and pieces of art in the world.

WWU to Partner with Dept. of the Interior, Four Regional Universities on New Northwest Climate Science Center

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 9:25am

Western Washington University is one of five regional schools to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior on its Northwest Climate Science Center; the University of Washington will host the center on its campus, and Boise State University, the University of Montana and Washington State University, along with WWU, are the member institutions in the consortium.

WWU's SBDC works With Overflow Taps to Create Unique, Sustainable Business Model

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 9:57am

Since 1983, Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has helped local entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses.  One such business is Overflow Taps in Lynden, which donates 25 cents of every pint sold to help solve the global water crisis. The business was co-founded by Western alumni Adam Stacey, along with business partners Jesse Nelson and Josh Libolt.

Donna Gibbs Selected as Vice President for University Relations & Marketing at WWU

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:59am

Donna Gibbs has been selected as vice president for University Relations and Marketing at Western Washington University, WWU President Sabah Randhawa announced today.

Gibbs, currently vice president for Marketing and Communications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, was selected following a national search and will start at Western on Aug. 28, 2017. She succeeds Vice President Steve Swan, who is retiring.

Western on the Peninsulas students thriving after graduation

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 8:57am

Ten graduates of Western Washington University’s Huxley College on the Peninsulas are currently working as environmental health specialists throughout the state.

Huxley College on the Peninsulas offers students an opportunity to earn environmental-focused degrees in Poulsbo, Everett and Port Angeles. Students can choose to earn either a B.A. in Environmental Policy or a B.S. in Environmental Science.

WWU to Offer Oceanographic Data Collection Boat Course Sept. 6 at Shannon Point

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:18pm

Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center will offer an oceanographic data collection boat trip course this summer in Anacortes.

Participants will observe and assist in the collection of oceanographic data for Washington State’s Department of Ecology long-term monitoring of the Salish Sea.

WWU’s ‘Facing the Future’ Debuts its Newest Sustainability Curriculum, ‘Big World, Small Planet’

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:58am

Facing the Future, a leader in the development of global sustainability curricula for educators around the world and a program of Western Washington University, has published the fourth and final module of its newest curriculum, “Big World, Small Planet.”

Designed for students in grades 8-12, each of the four modules contain a student reader with integrated, standard-aligned activities along with a teacher’s guide.

WWU’s Robert Lopresti Publishes ‘When Women Didn’t Count’ through Praeger Publishing

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:41am

Western Washington University librarian Robert Lopresti has published a new book, “When Women Didn’t Count,” with Praeger Publishing.

Lopresti’s book examines how federal statistics have been distorting women’s history, and therefore the perception of America. This work is not full of statistics, but rather, offers insights into how the statistics have been used to shape the perspectives of women.

WWU’s John Gilbertson Named a 2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 9:20am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Chemistry John Gilbertson has been named a 2017 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, an award that comes with a $60,000 research grant.

The Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar award provides an unrestricted research grant to faculty at undergraduate institutions who are committed educators and researchers. Nominees are selected based on the submission from their institutions.

Remember that summer we went to India and met the Dalai Lama?

Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:18am

Ten Western students in the university's summer Global Learning Faculty-led Program, “Himalaya Cultures & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh” recently had a private audience with the Dalai Lama in Zanskar Valley, India. These students were participating in a Global Learning Program through the WWU Education Abroad office, which was led by Peter Impala in association with Charles Ashbaugh, Director of the Institute for Village Studies (IVS).

Western announces 2017 Outstanding Graduates

Thu, 08/03/2017 - 12:37pm

BELLINGHAM -- Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduates for the 2016-17 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.