April 2017

Welcome to WWU Family Connection, the monthly newsletter for all WWU families

Watch for WWU Family Connection in your email inbox at the beginning of each month. The newsletter is produced by Western's Office of Communications and Marketing and New Student Services/Family Outreach.

Have questions? Send us a note.

Important Dates

Washington Opportunity Scholarship Information: Monday, April 10, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Viking Union Lobby.

Spring Career Fair: Thursday, April 20

Registration begins for Summer Session: May 2

Art Faculty Biennial: through Monday, May 8, Western Gallery.

Back2Bellingham Alumni and Family Weekend: Thursday, May 18 to Sunday, May 21.

Finals week: June 5-9

Spring Commencement: June 10

Summer Session classes begin: June 20

Make memories with your student at Back2Bellingham May 18 to 21

Back2B’ham is packed full of great events and opportunities to enjoy campus life with your student. Registration is open. Your $15 early registration includes a barbecue lunch featuring live music from Baby Cakes, carnival and live music in Red Square, a zip-line across Old Main Lawn, Classes without Quizzes, Party in the Library, Downtown B’ham Bash, a self-guided Back2B’ham Tap Trail, and more.

Additional ticketed events include planetarium shows, sailboat tours on Lake Whatcom, kayak tours on Bellingham Bay, Bike2Boulevard, a hike to Clayton Beach with WOOT, and a High Ropes Course at Lakewood.

Back2B'ham will also include a seminar for families, "Backpack2Briefcase" about what WWU has to offer students on their journey to academic and career success. Hear more about the academic and career resources available to students -- and where they go when they graduate.

If you’d like to volunteer during the Back2Bellingham weekend we’ll waive the entry fee. Please contact Kate Stevenson at Kate.Stevenson@wwu.edu to discuss the various volunteer opportunities. Your student(s) may also want to volunteer.  We can coordinate volunteer shifts so you can make the most out of your visit and be with your student.

Students can make plans now for summer resume-building activities

It’s April, and spring quarter at Western Washington University is just under way. While it may seem early for your student to start thinking about summer plans, this is the perfect time to discuss options and research opportunities.


Is your student planning to move off campus? Here's advice to share

Moving off campus can be exciting, but also daunting, so tips and advice from parents and family can be helpful.

This is the time of year many students look for off-campus rentals for the upcoming school year. If your student is one of them, we have seven tips for you and your student to get you started on the move-out process.

When things break: Where to go to put it all back together

Western has excellent services available to students in those crisis moments when things break.

Whether they call about the flat tire on their bike, a virus on their laptop, or a sprained ankle, you can help direct them to the available resources on campus