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Noted Disability Rights Advocate Keith Jones Talks at WWU May 18 & 19

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 9:52am

Noted disability rights advocate Keith Jones will speak at Western Washington University on May 18 and 19.

His talk is sponsored by Western’s Woodring College of Education in conjunction with the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center and the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership.

Jones is a hip-hop artist and president of Soul Touchin’ Experiences, an organization focused on issues related to inclusion, Civil Rights, and empowerment of people with disabilities. He will present free talks open to the public on Western’s campus at:

WWU Researchers Unveil New Study on the Economic Impact of Regional Food Banks

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 9:41am


Using Skagit County’s Helping Hands Food Bank and Neighbors in Need Food Bank as test subjects, Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) recently completed a study charting the economic importance of food banks on the communities they serve, from the direct-spending impacts of the food distribution, to the ripple factors on local employment and sales, to the food bank’s impact on vital community statistics around crime and health.

Northwestern’s David Figlio to Give Keynote Speech at WWU’s Scholars Week May 15

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:45am

As the keynote speaker for Western Washington University’s Scholars Week, Northwestern University’s David Figlio will present “How Early Life Conditions Affect People’s Life Chances” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 15 in the WWU Performing Arts Center.

 The talk, which is free and open to the public, will discuss how exposure to pollution or natural disasters can have lasting impacts on human capital and health later in life. He will also discuss the potential role of public policy in ameliorating some of these effects.

Seattle UX designer Christian Manzella to Speak May 3 at WWU

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 9:35am

Christian Manzella, chief experience officer of Moz in Seattle, will speak at Western Washington University on Thursday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. in Miller Hall 152; topics include user experience design, usability, and search engine optimization.

WWU Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2B’ham) Set for May 18-20

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 10:52am

Western Washington University will host WWU Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2B’ham) May 18-20.

Western Reads Selects ‘Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements’ for 2018-2019 School Year

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 9:27am

Western Washington University has selected “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements” as the Western Reads book for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Western Reads is a campus-wide program that serves the university’s first year mission by promoting intellectual engagement, community and civil discourse with new students through experiences related to selected texts.

WWU Student Journalists Win Three Categories in the SPJ Regional Mark of Excellence Awards

Thu, 04/26/2018 - 1:07pm

Western Washington University had three student journalist winners and several additional finalists in the Region 10 Mark of Excellence (MOE) Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) released Monday, April 23.

​SPJ’s Region 10 includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.


Western Student Jacob Bernado Merges Art Forms to Support Local Cause with 'Patchwork'

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:21pm


Jacob Bernado likes to sing songs with his friends. This is one reason why the senior Vocal Performance major from Issaquah organizes fundraising events on his own time to support important causes.

More importantly, Bernado’s passion for classical music inspires him to bring what some view as an old, antiquated art form - opera - into the 21st century in a tangible way while also supporting the things he cares about.

WWU to host the 2018 Microtonal Adventures Festival May 18-20

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 12:11pm

The Western Washington University Music Department, UnTwelve and Sound Culture will host the Microtonal Adventures Festival May 18-20. This event will have four concerts, 10 lectures, two workshops and a roundtable discussion exploring music.

This weekend-long event will start at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May, 18 and will continue through Sunday, May, 20.

UW's Dennis Willows to Speak on the Neurobiology of Sea Slugs April 26

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 12:03pm

Dennis Willows, Emeritus professor of Biology at the University of Washington, will discuss his field work with nudibranch mollusks as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 in Academic Center West room AW-204 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Visiting artist Mark Mitchell addresses issues of mass incarceration, prison reform

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:15am

Western Washington University’s Department of Art & Art History will present a discussion with artist Mark Mitchell on April 26 at 5 p.m. in Fine Arts room 238.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Al Poynter, Stonemason of Holt’s “Rock Rings” visits WWU May 4

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 11:05am

As part of its commitment to preserving, presenting, and expanding research on its world renowned outdoor sculpture collection, the Western Gallery at Western Washington University is pleased to welcome back Al Poynter, the stone mason who worked closely with Nancy Holt to build one of her most famous open air works, “Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings” (1977-1978), sited on the campus of WWU.

Submissions for Annual Diversity Poster Contest Close April 24

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:46am

The annual Diversity Poster Contest held by Western’s Residence Life Office is open for submissions by campus residents until April 24.

Governor Inslee tours Western's Shannon Point Marine Center

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 9:25am

Washington Governor Jay Inslee toured Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes on Wednesday, accompanied by WWU President Sabah Randhawa, SPMC Director Brian Bingham, Huxley Dean Steve Hollenhorst, and faculty members David Shull (Environmental Science), Jackie Caplan-Auerbach (Geology), Brooke Love (Environmental Science), Shawn Arellano (SPMC marine scientist), Ginny Broadhurst (director of the Salish Sea Institute), and Sylvia Yang, director of WWU's SEA Discovery Center in Poulsbo.

Arch of Healing and Reconciliation installation ceremony April 21 will honor immigrants in the Pacific Northwest and unity among Whatcom County residents

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:33am

The installation ceremony for the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation, a granite monument honoring Whatcom County’s immigrant communities, will be Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:30 a.m. to noon at Bellingham’s City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

University to Reimburse Jaywalking Citations

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 2:36pm

Western Washington University officials have decided to reimburse the cost of $68 citations recently issued as part of an effort to deter jaywalking on campus.

On April 12, University Police issued 23 citations for jaywalking at the intersection of Bill McDonald Parkway and West College Way near the Wade King Student Recreation Center. 

Queer Con returns April 28

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:20am

After a successful first year, WWU Queer Con will return for its second convention April 28th, 2018 at Western Washington University in Bellingham. WWU Queer Con is a convention celebrating and highlighting the achievements of queer creators and encouraging a queer and LGBT+ community in the Pacific Northwest.

Western Gallery to host free lecture on sculptor Ibram Lassaw April 18

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:24am

Denise Lassaw, daughter of renowned abstract expressionist sculptor Ibram Lassaw, will give a free lecture at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday, April 18 in the Western Gallery.

The gallery is currently exhibiting Lassaw’s “Projection Paintings” along with several of his sculptures and works on paper. The talk will be “The Art, Influences and Philosophy of Sculptor Ibram Lassaw.”

Connecting Communities Volunteer Days April 21 and 22

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:25am

In celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day, the Teaching-Learning Academy (TLA) and the Center for Service-Learning at Western Washington University invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to participate in another “Connecting Communities Volunteer Days” event by volunteering in a group activity at an off-campus location of their choosing.

Ethnic Student Center to host Multicultural Center ‘Student Groundbreaking Ceremony’ April 20

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 11:02am

Western Washington University’s Ethnic Student Center will host the “Multicultural Center Student Groundbreaking Ceremony: Honoring Place and Student Leadership of the Past, Present and Future” from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, April 20 in the Performing Arts Center Plaza.

Students, faculty, staff and local community leaders are coming together to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Multicultural Center to support the shared vision of Western’s commitment to a just, caring and diverse campus. Light refreshments will be available, and the event is free and open to the public.