WWU News

Subscribe to WWU News feed
Updated: 21 min 23 sec ago

Compass 2 Campus Brings 1,000 Fifth Graders to WWU Campus Oct. 17

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 9:02am

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 to Present ‘Defining Anti-Semitism and Why it Matters’ Oct. 25 at Western

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:03pm

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

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:47pm

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.

WWU’s Concert Choir to Preform on Nov. 18 at Bellingham’s Church of the Assumption

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 1:09pm

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. 

Dedication Set for Oct. 13 for Renovated Carver Facility at WWU

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

Western Washington University will host a dedication, ribbon-cutting and tours of its renovated Carver facility on Friday, Oct. 13

Fairhaven to celebrate 50th Anniversary this weekend with Arts and Music Festival

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 9:57am

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

WWU's Fall Family Weekend set for Oct. 20-22

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 9:28am

Come join the fun during Fall Family Weekend, with plenty of chances for students, families, and community to experience Western firsthand.

Skagit County Signs on to Sustainable Communities Partnership with WWU

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 8:51am

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.

Western Reads to celebrate Coast Salish Day, Indigenous Peoples Day Oct. 11 with 'Tulalip' event

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 2:18pm

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.

First Salish Sea Speaker Series event set for Oct. 3 at NWIC

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:56pm

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.

Speaker info:

WWU program in Ithaca, Greece, awarded the 2017 APA/PAW “Best Student Planning Project” Award

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 1:30pm

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.

History’s Johann Neem to Present ‘Why Do We Have Public Schools?’ Oct. 25 at City Hall

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 10:20am

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

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 12:26pm

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.

Western Window Episode 51 now live

Thu, 09/28/2017 - 10:17am

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.

WWU’s Small Business Development Center to Host Leadership Development Sessions Oct. 3, 10 and 17

Wed, 09/27/2017 - 1:39pm

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:

WWU alumnus Michael Dumas to present 'Running Out of Damns to Give' on Oct. 26

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 8:43am

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.

Campuswide Western Alert and Lockdown Drill Set for Oct. 19

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:50pm

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 to host Dalal Katsiaficas Oct. 16

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 12:22pm

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.” 

WWU Hires Sarah Bear as its New RN-to-BSN Program Director

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:30am

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.

WWU’s Fairhaven College Announces Spring World Issues Forum Slate

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:34am

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.