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Cloud Security Alliance Scholarship Founded at WWU

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:52pm

The Cloud Security Alliance, a global cybersecurity organization based in Bellingham that focuses on ensuring a secure cloud-computing environment, has provided a gift to the Western Washington University Foundation that will award an annual $2,500 scholarship for students studying cybersecurity in the university’s Computer Science Department.

The scholarship may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials or supplies.

Jack Berryman to Speak About Northwest Fly Fishing Pioneers July 11

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:03am

Noted fly fishing writer and photographer Jack Berryman will give a talk entitled “Three Steelhead Fly Fishing Pioneers in the Northwest: Wahl, Olson and Knudson, 1900-1990” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

The event is free and open to the public.

Charles Lanham Named as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer at WWU

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:39am

Charles Lanham has been hired as vice provost for information technology/chief information officer (CIO) at Western Washington University.

Lanham will begin work at Western on July 24, 2017. He succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as interim vice provost for information technology/CIO over the past year, after John Lawson retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Spring Commencement Returns to Carver

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 2:00pm

About 2,045 students graduated from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returned to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

The ceremony marked the first time Carver Academic Facility was open since renovation work began in August 2015. Only the gymnasium portion of the building was open, and the building is once again closed to the public so work can continue. Carver is expected to be completed in time for the start of fall quarter in late September.

WWU Grad will be honored at Everett Community College’s 75th Anniversary Celebration

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 10:12am

Everett Community College (EvCC), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary year with a public reception on June 14, will recognize 12 alumni from eight programs as EvCC Distinguished Alumni, the college’s highest honor, and Western Washington University alumni, Patti Safley will be among the list of recipients of this honor.

Safley attended EvCC then completed her teaching degree with Western’s program located on the EvCC campus.  She now teaches at Whittier Elementary School in Everett

WWU Receives New $1 Million Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:15am

Western Washington University is one of 24 institutions in the country selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Program to receive a five year, $1 million grant to enhance student success in STEM fields, especially those students typically under-represented in the natural sciences. 

The award to WWU was the result of a national-level competition, with a pool of more than 500 applicants from competing institutions.

Seeing Double: WWU Undergrad Identifies Orbiting Pairs of Stars

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:45am

Editor’s note: The following article was written as an assignment in Regina Barber DeGraaff and Melissa Rice’s PHYS 497: Science Communication course by senior Physics major Holly Christenson.


Western Washington University student Martin Fernandez, a graduating senior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, uses telescopes to see what the human eye cannot: pairs of stars that orbit each other too closely to be distinguished visually.

Commencement will be in Carver, but the building’s still closed until construction completion in the fall

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:50am

Construction fencing is being removed from the areas around Carver Academic Facility as workers prepare to hold commencement ceremonies in the gymnasium Saturday. But the building remains closed to the public.

Only graduates, their ticketed guests, and authorized WWU personnel will be allowed in the building during commencement. The gymnasium and restrooms in the east end of the building will be open Saturday for the ceremony, while the western end of the building, including academic offices, classrooms and labs, will be closed off.

WWU Backs Initiative on Climate Change; Commits to Upholding Tenets of Historic Paris Agreement

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 9:12am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa yesterday signed an open letter to the international community in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and to endorse local, state and governmental action on climate change and carbon reduction.

Randhawa joined more than 180 other university presidents, 125 mayors, nine governors and almost 1,000 businesses in signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement.

Gautam Pillay is New Vice Provost for Research, Dean of the Graduate School at WWU

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:11am

Following a national search, Gautam Pillay is the new vice provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Masters of Asian Cinema: “Pom Poko” Tomorrow Night at the Pickford

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:54pm

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Takahata Isao’s 1994 animated feature, Pom Poko.  It will screen on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in downtown Bellingham.  

 Pom Poko is directed by one of the two founders of Studio Ghibli, Takahata Isao, who also directed Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, among other films. 

Western Hires Ginny Broadhurst as the New Director for its Salish Sea Studies Institute

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:57am

Western Washington University has hired Ginny Broadhurst to be the new director of its Salish Sea Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary center for collaboration, education, research and community involvement established in 2015 focused on the health of the Salish Sea and its environs.

Broadhurst starts at Western on June 5.

“I am excited to make the new Salish Sea Studies Institute a place where we raise understanding and appreciation for the Salish Sea for students and those tasked with managing it on both sides of the border,” she said.

Student filmmakers to screen new project 'The End of the Road' tonight in the VU

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:49am

Western Washington University students Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell will showcase their documentary, “The End of the Road” from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday, June 2 in Viking Union 552.

The screening is open to the public and $6 at the door or $5 if you register early at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-end-of-the-road-screening-tickets-34526203805.

WWU Spring Quarter Commencement Set for June 10 in Carver Academic Facility

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:34am

About 2,045 students will graduate from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returns to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

About 1,890 undergraduate and 153 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western June 10. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets.

Seven graduates will receive Presidential Scholar honors at WWU Commencement

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:57am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa will honor seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 10.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Randhawa will present each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:


Brittney Nalani Dover

Huxley College of the Environment