About 1,000 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties will be visiting Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 17, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicks off the ninth 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.
Mark Weitzman, Director of Government Affairs for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, will give a talk entitled “Defining Antisemitism and Why it Matters,” at Western Washington University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Academic West Room 204 at as part of continued efforts to implement recommendations from the University’s Task Force on Preventing and Responding to Antisemitism.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Ryan Dearinger to Present 'Dirty Work: Hop-Picking Cultures and the Perils of Diversity in the Pacific Northwest' Oct. 25
Eastern Oregon University Professor of History Ryan Dearinger will give a talk entitled “Dirty Work: Hop-Picking Cultures and the Perils of Diversity in the Pacific Northwest” at Western Washington University from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).
The event is free and open to the public.
The Western Washington Concert Choir will hold a performance at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Church of the Assumption in Bellingham.
The performance, titled “A Light in the Darkness: Songs of Hope and Comfort” will be conducted by Leslie Guelker-Cone. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $8 for students, and can be purchased at the WWU Box Office or by calling (360) 650-6146.
The Church of the Assumption is located at 2116 Cornwall Ave., in Bellingham. For more information on the concert, call (360) 650-2385.
Western Washington University will host a dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours of its renovated Carver facility on Friday, Oct. 13
Western's groundbreaking Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies will hold a 50th Anniversary Arts and Music Festival this weekend, with events ranging from mentorship panel discussions to poetry readings, arboretum run/walks, an anniversary dinner, music, and more. The full weekend schedule includes:
Friday, Oct. 6
Noon - 1 p.m.: Community Lunch (provided)
1:30 – 3 p.m.: Panel discussion: critical social justice conversations in higher education
Come join the fun during Fall Family Weekend, with plenty of chances for students, families, and community to experience Western firsthand.
BELLINGHAM – During the 2017-18 academic year, Western Washington University students and faculty will be assisting Skagit County staff on a range of projects – such as developing recommendations on county setbacks, determining locations of abandoned septic systems, writing a community plan for Edison, developing and executing a public opinion survey on land use policy issues and making recommendations for proper disposal of junk that has collected in the county.
In honor of Coast Salish Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Western Reads and the World Issues Forum will host an inauguration of this year’s Western Reads book, "Tulalip, my Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community," by Harriette Shelton Dover, from 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Fraser Hall 102.
The Salish Sea Speaker Series is jointly hosted by Western's Huxley College of the Environment and the Northwest Indian College, and the first speaker for the new school year is on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from noon - 2 p.m. at
Northwest Indian College, Log Building - Cultural Learning Center, bldg. 7a. Lunch is provided.
A six-year summer investigation in Kioni Village, Ithaca, Greece, involving 85 WWU students, was recognized as the most outstanding student planning study by the American Planning Association and the Planning Association of Washington.
The project, directed by Professor of Environmental Studies Nicholas Zaferatos, resulted in a planning framework that merges local traditions, values, and aspirations with emergent global sustainability principles in order to identify pathways for empowering the community to achieve a sustainable future.
Johann Neem, chair and professor of History at Western Washington University, will give a talk titled “Why Do We Have Public Schools?” from 7- 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street.
The free, public talk is an installment of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
Second Annual Paint B'ham Blue for WWU brings hundreds of students downtown to kick off the school year
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff gathered last night at 6 p.m. in Red Square then started their procession downtown to the Depot Market Square for the 2nd Annual Paint B'ham Blue for WWU celebration. A good time was had by all - welcome back to campus, students!
Click here for a full Flickr gallery of the evening.
Did you know that WWU has its own TV show, Western Window, produced right here on campus, by our students? Check out Episode 51 here, with interviews with fellow Viking and U.S. Ski Team member Breezy Johnson, and her aspirations to go for gold at the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea, the summer staging of the classic Broadway musical Kiss Me Kate, and more.
Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is bringing a series of Leadership Development Workshops to Bellingham on Oct. 3, 10 and 17.
These training programs will give attendees insights on what it takes to become a better communicator and succeed as a leader of teams. Attendance is free but space is limited and registration is required. You may register for one, two or all three events.
There will be three sessions:
The first event in the Justice Speaks Series this academic year is Michael J. Dumas' 'Running out of Damns to Give:' Refusing Antiblackness and Settler Colonialism in the Next 25 years.
This presentation is at 6 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 26, in Miller Hall 138, and is free and open to the public.
Western works hard to provide for the safety of the campus community. It does so in many ways, as can be seen on the Campus Safety Resources website. As part of this continuing effort, the Central Health and Safety Committee has recommended that three safety drills be performed per year: lockdown, earthquake and fire. Supporting this recommendation, the all-campus lockdown drill will take place in conjunction with the Fall Western Alert Test on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 9:35 a.m.
WWU's Center for Cross-Cultural Research will host Dalal Katsiaficas, assistant professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 4-5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 in Academic West 210, for “Coming of Age in America: The Contributions and Resistance of Immigrant-Origin Students.”
Western Washington University has hired Sarah Bear as its new RN-to-BSN program director.
Bear comes to Western with over 30 years of nursing and education experience. She holds a doctorate in education and educational leadership from the University of Washington and has a master’s degree in nursing from Seattle Pacific University.
Grounded in social and environmental justice and human rights, the Fall World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will focus on topics such as indigenous rights, immigration, and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
The forums, now in their 16th 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.