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President Randhawa ushers in new school year with Faculty & Staff Convocation

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:11pm

Western's President, Sabah Randhawa, addressed Western's faculty and staff this morning at the annual convocation that marks the official start of the new school year.  

Major Renovation Project Completed at WWU’s Carver Facility; more than 1,000 workers have been on site since work began in 2015

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 9:45am

The major renovation of Western Washington University’s Carver facility is completed and it will be open for the start of fall quarter.

The Washington State Legislature, as part of the 2015-2017 state capital budget, approved the majority of funding for the project. Construction started in August 2015 and was completed August 2017.

WWU and the Whatcom County Library System chosen as sites for 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:17am

Western Washington University and the Whatcom County Library System will serve as hosts for the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring acclaimed poet and author Naomi Shihab Nye.

The lecture will be held in the spring of 2018.

WWU Students Move into Residence Halls Sept. 22-24 Classes Begin Sept. 27; Many Activities Planned for Students

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 10:52am

About 4,200 students will move into Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments from Friday, Sept. 22 through Sunday, Sept. 24.

The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 27. Total enrollment is expected to be about 15,800, slightly higher than last year.

“We welcome new and returning students to campus and look forward to a new academic year – a wonderful and productive journey of discovery for our students,” said President Sabah Randhawa, starting his second year as president of Western

WWU Alumnus TJ Martin Wins Emmy for 'LA 92'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 10:14am

Western Washington University alumnus and Oscar winner TJ Martin won an Emmy Saturday for his National Geographic documentary “LA 92.”

U.S. News Rankings Show WWU as Top Public Master’s-Granting School in the Pacific Northwest

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 9:12am

Western Washington University is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report college rankings. 

Western also ranked second among top public master’s-granting universities in the West, a region stretching from Texas to the Pacific – for the fifth year in a row. 

Shannon Point Marine Center to host open house Sept. 16

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 11:12am

Western Washington University will host an open house at its Shannon Point Marine Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at the center, which is located at 1900 Shannon Point Road in Anacortes.

“The open house will be a great way for Western and the local community to learn about what we do here at Shannon Point Marine Center, and for the incoming Marine Science Scholar students to learn about science communication and public education,” said Shawn Arellano, Marine Science Scholars program coordinator.

Western Libraries, Village Books to co-host book-tour stop of best-selling author John Green Oct. 29 at the PAC

Fri, 09/08/2017 - 10:12am

Village Books and Western Washington University Libraries have announced that Bellingham will be a stop on John Green’s tour as he promotes his highly-anticipated young adult novel, "Turtles All the Way Down" at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, on the WWU Performing Arts Center mainstage.

It has been five years since the release of his best-selling novel, "The Fault in Our Stars," which was later made into a blockbuster movie.

WWU’s Engineering Programs Receive ABET Accreditation

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:10am

Western Washington University’s bachelor’s degree programs in Electrical Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, and Plastics & Composites Engineering have been accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, the global accreditor of college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology. 

WWU’s Julian Rrushi Awarded $400k Cybersecurity Research Grant from the U.S. Air Force Academy

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 1:43pm

Chess is a centuries-old game of attack, defense, feint, and surprise. The Internet, and all the devices connected to it, is akin to a global chessboard – with programmers probing, attacking and defending constantly in their efforts to overcome their opponents.

Library closed to the public on Monday, Sept. 11 for Staff Development Day

Wed, 09/06/2017 - 10:32am

Western Libraries will hold its annual Staff Development Day on Monday, September 11, 2017. In order to provide an opportunity for as many of our staff members as possible to participate, (including the Libraries’ student employees), Western Libraries will close to patrons on this day.

During the past several years, employees within the Libraries have actively engaged in conversations and planning in order to create a more inclusive environment, to give student employees a stronger voice in the library, and to serve patrons better.

President Randhawa`s Statement Regarding the Decision to End DACA

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 2:32pm

Dear Western Community,

As you have likely heard, the Trump administration this morning announced its plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and phase it out over the next six months, calling on Congress to replace the policy with legislation.  Since the program began in 2012 with the Obama administration, nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as minors have been granted protection under DACA.

WWU Receives $1 million NSF Grant to Prepare Students for Careers in Computer Science and Math

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 9:14am

Two Western Washington University faculty members have been awarded a five-year, $1 million S-STEM grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students for careers in computer science and math and to support women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students in their pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in those programs at WWU.

WWU to Host Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt on Nov. 15 for ‘History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving’

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:56am

Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and the Western Foundation will host Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta, from 7:30-9 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 on the main stage of  the WWU Performing Arts Center.

Western Washington University’s Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) on the Peninsulas Announces Fall Slate of Public Classes

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 2:41pm

With three vital elements of learning – passion, engagement and relevance – Western Washington University’s Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) on the Peninsulas presents its fall catalog of courses to adults of all ages.

ALL offers short, university-level courses in the fine arts, humanities, current events and politics, as well as natural and social sciences.

WWU’s Small Business Development Center Co-Sponsoring ‘Export to Canada’ Seminar on Sept.12

Wed, 08/30/2017 - 9:44am

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Export Finance Assistance Center & the Port of Bellingham to bring a half-day “Export to Canada” training seminar to Bellingham from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the Squalicum Boathouse, 2600 Harbor Loop in Bellingham.

Summer Field Work: WWU Graduate Student, Professor Monitoring the Health of Padilla Bay Using Drones

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:12pm

Western Washington University graduate student Jefferson Emm and Professor of Environmental Science David Wallin are using a pair of unmanned aerial vehicles to complete a census of the eelgrass beds in Skagit County’s Padilla Bay.

Summer Field Work: Boxberger Completes Visiting Research Chair at VIU Working with First Nations

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 8:44am

NANAIMO, BC: The Island is not only familiar ground for Dr. Daniel Boxberger, Vancouver Island University’s (VIU’s) second Fulbright Canada Jarislowsky Visiting Research Chair in Aboriginal Studies. It is right in the middle of the research the Anthropology Professor from Western Washington University has been conducting for years.

The research chair position is supported by $250,000 USD in funding over five years, which was provided by the Fulbright Canada Foundation and the Montreal-based Jarislowsky Foundation.

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.

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