June 2017

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Students discuss their projects during Scholars Week

Important Dates

Western Give Day: TODAY June 1 (A percentage of all gifts made today will be matched)

Finals week: June 5-9

Webinar: Cracking the New Job Market: June 7

On-campus housing check-out: June 9 by 4 p.m.

Move-Out Madness: June 9

Spring Commencement: June 10

Summer Session classes begin, tuition due: June 20

WWU Day @ the Bellingham Bells: June 27

Summer Commencement: Aug. 19

First day of fall quarter, tuition due: Sept. 27

Volunteer Opportunities

Senior Celebration: Wednesday, June 7 and Thursday June 8, noon to 3 p.m. Congratulate graduating students, distribute caps, gowns and prizes. Learn more.

Spring Commencement will include a sneak preview of Carver

Students who graduate this month and their families in the audience will get a sneak preview of the newly renovated Carver Academic building.

There are still a few months before the renovation is complete, but the gymnasium area will be ready to house the spring commencement ceremonies June 10.

Click here for more Commencement details.

Students can "re-home" their unwanted furnishings at Move-out Madness June 9

Sigh. This sad chair might
have found a new home
at Move-Out Madness

When they move out in the spring, students living off campus are often unsure what to do with the couch, TV or other items they have acquired since the fall.

That's where Move-Out Madness comes in.

On Friday, June 9, bins for reusable household items, clothing, non-perishable food, recyclable materials, and landfill waste will be available at three “sorting stations” neighborhoods near the university:

  • Harriet Spanel Park (formerly Franklin Park) in the York Neighborhood (400 block of Whatcom Street).
  • Laurel Park in the Sehome Neighborhood (Laurel & Billy Frank Jr. St.)
  • 26th & Douglas in the Happy Valley Neighborhood.

Students (they must show their WWU ID) will be able to drop off their stuff -- or take home "treasures" other students have left behind -- from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

From 3 to 4 p.m., nonprofit organizations are invited to browse the collection and take what they need.

From 4 to 5 p.m., is a community free-for-all -- anyone can take the leftovers.

Move-Out Madness is a collaboration between the Campus Community Coalition, the city of Bellingham and Zero Waste Western in order to reduce the number of abandoned items left in neighborhoods and divert recyclable and reusable items away from the landfill.

For more information, check out the Off Campus Living Website at http://www.wwu.edu/offcampusliving/moving_out.shtml.

Congratulations to Western's newest national champions

WWU Rowing overcame a determined charge from Central Okahoma to capture its eighth national championship on Sunday on Lake Mercer in Windsor, New Jersey, capping one of the best years in the history of Viking athletics and marking the first time the program had ever won two team-sport national championships in the same season, after Women's Soccer won in the fall. 

On top of it all, Bethany Drake also captured her second national championship in the javelin over the weekend as well.

More WWU news from Western Today

Stanwood joins Edmonds in WWU's Sustainable Communities Partnership

Western Reads Selects ‘Tulalip: From My Heart’ by Harriette Shelton Dover for its 2017-18 Book Selection

Bruce & Cyndie Shepard Establish Scholarship for Campus 2 Campus at WWU

Click here to see more WWU news at Western Today, or sign up to get Western Today email updates.

Today's gifts go further on Western Give Day, thanks to a donor match

Western alumni, students and their families will unite TODAY for a 24-hour online fundraising event to support your students and the academic programs, clubs and teams that are shaping them throughout their time at Western.

A percentage of every gift will be matched by the WWU Give Day Challenge Fund!

Click here for more.

Get ready for summer in Bellingham

This may be the first summer your student decides to live in Bellingham.

The quiet campus and easy going pace of Bellingham are a pleasure and an excellent excuse to pay a visit. Summers in Bellingham provide exceptional opportunities for outdoor activities and community participation.

During the Summer quarter, nearly 3,000 students register for classes but only about 300 live in the residence halls. Meanwhile, about 10,000 guests come through campus from all over the world for conferences, institutes, youth camps and recreational events. Campus guests bring vibrancy to an otherwise sleepy summer campus.

Western and the Bellingham community provide events that are both free and open to all, including:

  • Western's Summer Theatre productions will include "Graffiti Dance Theatre" July 27-29, "I Love You, You're Perfect ... Now Change" Aug. 9 to 12, "Bicycle Noir" Aug. 16 to 20, "Angel Food Cake" Aug. 22 to 25 and "The Secret Garden" Sept. 1 to 3.
  • On Wednesday evenings, Bellingham turns into a live music venue. Downtown Sounds program hosts a concert Wednesday evenings July 5 to August 2.
  • Bellingham’s Parks and Recreation Department hosts free weekly concerts all summer long, held at Boulevard Park, Maritime Heritage Park, and Elizabeth Park. Click here to learn more. 
  • Grab a snack and a lawn chair for an enjoyable night at the outdoor movies in Fairhaven. Check the schedule for favorite flicks and get there early to get a spot on the grass and catch the bonus live entertainment before each film. Click here for more information and the film line up.
  • Bellingham Farmers Market is the largest farmers market in the area with locally produced delights , open Saturdays through October. There is also the Fairhaven Market on Wednesday afternoons. Click here for more info.  
  • Go to the ball park and cheer on Bellingham’s baseball team – the Bellingham Bells. The season kicks off Friday, June 2! Click here for schedules and team information.

14 + 15 = your lucky (bus) numbers

WTA Route 14 passes through Western, with fun and useful destinations at either end of the route. Catch bus 14 at the Viking Union and head south to the historic Fairhaven District. From Fairhaven, bus 14 continues to the Fairhaven Transportation Center, where you can catch the Greyhound, Amtrak, and the Alaska Ferry.

From Buchanan Towers, Ridgeway or Haggard Hall, catch route 14 to vibrant downtown Bellingham and the downtown bus station. Bonus! At the downtown station, route 14 Downtown turns into route 15 Cordata, which travels out Meridian Street, passing through the Fountain District on its way to Bellis Fair Mall.

Buses 14 and 15 + the bus pass on your student ID = A grand day out. For more local and regional travel information, visit the WWU Sustainable Transportation website.

Thank you to our Back2Bellingham volunteers

From the Red Square carnival to the Old Main lawn zipline to Classes without Quizzes, Back2B’ham was another fabulous success!

Check out a few photos from the day.

And a special thank you to our family volunteers, Mary Beth Van Dyke, Carrie Chute, and Rebecca Sauter, for helping at Back2B’ham! WWU appreciates YOU!