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The Connection Newsletter

Fairhaven Alumni Newsletter

The Connection is back!

...In digital form. The last issue of The Connection was published in the Fall of 2004, and we decided it was time to reconnect with you. This year the WWU Alumni Association partnered up with us to provide the first alumni e-newsletter from Fairhaven College. We hope this more compact, digital version lives up to previous ones.


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Message from the Dean: Get Connected to Fairhaven!

Roger Gilman, DeanIn this issue you'll read about film maker John Riber's class this summer; a group of students' trip to Ghana; faculty members Tanis S'eltin and John Feodorov's new art show at the Whatcom Museum; and an update on what's happening in the Outback these days.

Make sure to also visit my "Dean's Page" at the College's website to see how we are strategically planning to address issues created by the downturn in the economy, including our sagging scholarship funds.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and support of Fairhaven College, and please feel free to contact me anytime with your thoughts and suggestions.

Dr. Roger Gilman ('73)
Dean, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies



The Outback

An Update on the Outback

Over the years it has been the home to pigs, goats, rabbits, geese, ducks, chickens and even students. Since 1972 there has always been a place on the south side of campus devoted to student initiated environmental program. Read about what's going on in the Outback today. [full story]

Trespassing: Contemporary Native Art from Fairhaven

Fairhaven professors Tanis S'eiltin and John Feodorov talk about their exhibition at the Whatcom Museum entitled Trespassing. Find about why they chose this title and how they share their love for art with the current generation of students at Western. [full story]

John RiberWhat is the Role of Media in Social Transformation?

This summer at Fairhaven, students will get the chance to examine a simple question with a very complex answer: what is media's role in social transformation? The course, entitled Media in Social Transformation, is about making media that makes a difference. [full story]

GhanaStudents Learn Culture/Research Through Trip to Ghana

Fifteen students recently returned from a trip to the Republic of Ghana on Africa's West Coast. Their charge, examine slavery and contemporary manifestations of racial inequality and conduct research projects on social sustainability and sea turtle conservation. [full story]


Chris Koser with cameraChris Koser

Fairhaven student Chris Koser directed the "WWU: The Future of Excellence" video for the WWU Foundation.


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Eric Vermeers in BhutanEric Vermeers

Fairhaven student and Adventure Learning Grant recipient (2007-2008).

"As a non-traditional student, Fairhaven contributed the right balance for me to negotiate academics and work. But it was also a foundation to reach out beyond my immediate environment into a broader global community. Through the Adventure Learning Grant I developed an intimate sense of what globalization means and the potential people can achieve in an interdependent world."

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Distinguished Alumni

Rabbi Ellen Weinberg Dreyfus ('74)

President, Central Conference of American Rabbis

"At Fairhaven, I learned how to think. The teachers there, especially Bob Keller, challenged my assumptions, pushed me beyond my comfort zone, and pointed me in a direction of learning and exploration. Fairhaven also taught me that "community" did not just mean "neighborhood," and that diverse individuals could come together for common purpose and mutual benefit."


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Dana Starr ('97)

When Dana Starr graduated from Fairhaven College in 1997, she knew she wanted to find a meaningful way to give back to the school that made such a difference in her life...more >