February 2018

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Winter 2018 Timelapse Compilation: Winter Sun from WWU Video on Vimeo. Video footage by students Madeleine Banks, Anna Vraney and Isaac Sheldrup and WWU staff members. Music, "Winter Sun," by alumnus Ryan Rittenhouse.

Important Dates

On-campus housing renewal information is available : Feb. 1

Drop-in resume clinic: Feb. 6

Winter Career Fair: Thursday, Feb. 8

Huxley Environmental Internship and Career Fair: Thursday, Feb. 8

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship information: Monday, Feb. 12

Drop-in resume clinic: Feb. 15

Last day to apply to graduate winter quarter: Feb. 16

Last day for winter commencement reservations before late fees are added: Feb. 16

Presidents Day holiday, university closed: Monday, Feb. 19

Education and Health Career Fair: Friday, Feb. 23

Registration begins for spring quarter: Tuesday, Feb. 27

Global Gourmets Banquet: Wednesday, Feb. 28

Final Exams: March 19-23

Commencement: Saturday, March 24

Spring Break: March 24 to April 2

Scholarship application season is approaching

Many academic departments post their scholarships during winter and spring quarters, so encourage your student to visit the Scholarship Center's website and their academic departments to learn the timeline for applying for scholarships for the 2018-19 school year.

The Academic Advising Center is ready to help students plan for spring quarter

The Academic Advising Center hold Drop In Advising Labs with advisors on hand to help students plan and prepare for spring course registration on Feb. 21 and 27 and March 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Miller Hall 16.

Encourage your student to come chat with an advisor!

Academic Advising, along with the Career Services Center, will also offer the Choosing a Major workshop Feb. 28 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Haggard Hall 233.

Spring commencement will have four ceremonies

More graduates means more ceremonies. Thanks to growing attendance, spring commencement is now a two-day event with four ceremonies on Friday, June 15 and Saturday, June 16.

Click here to learn more about the ceremonies.

'Housing and Hashbrowns' is a crash course for students planning to move off campus

Housing and Hashbrowns

Saturday, Feb. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, Viking Union 565


Western's “Housing and Hashbrowns” event Saturday, Feb. 3, will give students a crash course in everything they need to know about moving off campus -- and a free breakfast.

Students will hear from Legal Advocates of Washington about landlord-tenant laws, what is legal (and not) in a lease and how to make sure you get your damage deposit back.

The city of Bellingham will be there to talk about local laws, the city's Rental Registration and Safety Inspection Program, and Bellingham’s fair housing rules. The Campus Community Coalition and the AS Legal Info Center will also be there to talk about looking for a place in Bellingham as well as on-campus resources available for your student.

If your student is unable to attend the event, the Ready, Set…Rent Course is available on Western’s Off Campus Living website. Visit wwu.edu/offcampusliving for information about these (and other) important topics about off-campus life.

'Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy' Black History Month Summit showcases the arts

Western Washington University is presenting the “Back to the Sandbox: Art and Radical Pedagogy Black History Month Summit” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10.

Events, which are all free and open to the public, will be in the Performing Arts Center, Concert Hall and at Wilson Library.

The summit will include a wide variety of activities, including performing and visual arts, panel discussions, and an African Diaspora Fashion Walk. Panelists will include artists Knowledge Bennett and Ed Bereal Stern as well as gallery owner Alitash Kebede and scholar Karen Dade, who is also associate dean of Western's Woodring College of Education and director of the Black History Month Summit event.

Click here to learn more about the summit. And click here for a full list of scheduled events.

WWU student Breezy Johnson is going to the Olympics

BreezyGoesToTheOlympics from WWU Video on Vimeo.

Breezy Johnson, a Western Washington University sophomore, member of the university’s Honors Program, and a World Cup skier has been selected to compete in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea, next month.

Johnson will join the U.S. Alpine Ski Team as a first-time Olympian. Now in her fourth season as a member of the U.S. Ski Team, she specializes in World Cup alpine speed events such as the Downhill and Super G. She attends Western one quarter a year.

Click here to learn more about Western's student Olympian.

Western Lobby Day brings students to Olympia to meet with state legislators

Each year, the Associated Students of WWU takes students to the State Capitol to meet with legislators and advocate for issues that Western students face.

This year's Western Lobby Day was Jan. 15.

From the Counseling Center: Advice on beating the winter blues

Find more resources on the Counseling Center's website, counseling.wwu.edu.

WWU student Bre Mills completes prestigious two-year Doris Duke Fellowship at UC Santa Cruz

WWU senior Biology major Bre Mills (above) has completed a prestigious two-summer Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program fellowship at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

She said she hopes more Western students follow her lead and go through the process to apply, as her two summers in the field with the program gave her invaluable research experience and helped point her in new directions after she graduates.

“It was just an amazing experience,” said Mills. “Over the course of the fellowship, I worked with scientists on field research across California, did presentations on my work, got a much deeper understanding of the scientific process – and it was even a paid fellowship as well.”

Click here to learn more about Mills and her field work.

Family donors, Thank You!

Nearly 900 parents of current students have given a total of $75,000 this year, a 25 percent increase in parent participation. Thank you for your support of the Parents Fund, scholarships, academic departments, clubs and programs across campus.

During February, for example, students can experience parent gifts in action at the Drop-in Resume Clinic Feb. 6 and the Winter Career Fair Feb. 8.

Your participation also tells granting agencies and community supporters that you share our commitment to creating an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities.

We are grateful for the many ways you support your student and WWU!

Questions about Parent Giving? Contact Angie Vandenhaak, director of Annual Giving and Alumni Memberships at (360) 650-3274 or angie.vandenhaak@wwu.edu

The WWU Family Calendar is online

The Family Calendar is filled with important dates and deadlines, as well as campus resources for families.

Click here to see or download a PDF.

WWU news from Western Today

WWU Students Attend Society for Neuroscience Conference in Washington D.C.

WWU students, are you looking for a summer job? Become an Academic Student Advisor (ASA) or an Orientation Student Advisor (OSA)!

Apply to be a Resident Adviser

Legislature Passes State Capital Budget

It’s time to save our orcas, state lawmaker says | Q13Fox

As glaciers melt, tourism dries up in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca | Thompson/Reuters News

The Upsides of Downtime | AARP Online

Climate Scientists Unlock the Secrets of Blue Carbon | Scientific American