November 2017

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.

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Thanks for joining us at Fall Family Weekend!

Important Dates

Fall Business Career Fair: Thursday, Nov. 2

Last day to apply to attend Fall Commencement before a late fee: Friday, Nov. 3

Local Family Night @ WWU Volleyball: Saturday, Nov. 4

Daylight Saving Time ends: Sunday, Nov. 5

Election Day: Tuesday, Nov. 7

Law School Fair: Tuesday, Nov. 9

PACCAR Career Day: Wednesday, Nov. 8

Veterans Day, Western closed: Friday, Nov. 10

Last day to apply to graduate in fall 2017: Monday, Nov. 13

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship Information Session: Monday, Nov. 13

Winter Registration Phase I: Tuesday, Nov. 14 to Thursday, Nov. 30

Last day to apply to attend fall 2017 commencement: Monday, Nov. 17

No classes, but Western is open: Wednesday, Nov. 22

Thanksgiving Break, Western is closed: Thursday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 26

Walk of Hope: Thursday, Nov. 16

Final Exams: Monday, Dec. 11 to Friday, Dec. 15

Volunteer at Senior Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 16

Fall Commencement: Saturday, Dec. 16

Winter Break Begins: Saturday, Dec. 16

Winter Weather 101

It'll be here before we know it

November is the unofficial beginning of winter in the Pacific Northwest, which means checking the tread on our winter boots and getting to know our local bus routes.

Because Western typically remains open when it snows.

When stormy weather hits, Western’s administration makes a case-by-case evaluation about whether to remain open, delay opening or close campus for the day.

Read more about winter weather at Western.

What if my student is staying on campus over a holiday break?

Find out what your student can expect if they stay on campus over Thanksgiving or winter breaks.

Western's Sustainable Transportation Office's regional travel tips

Flying Out?

Airporter Shuttle or Boltbus + Light Rail will take you to SeaTac.

Which is easiest? Airporter: Pick up on campus or at the FourPoints Sheraton Hotel on Lakeway, drop off right at the Airport.

Which is least expensive? Most likely Boltbus + Light Rail.

If you’re going to the Bellingham Airport you can use any taxi, or a WTA bus.

Heading down the I-5 corridor?

Boltbus, Amtrak, Greyhound, or public transit for $5-$9 will get you there!

The Transportation office is available for assistance –, 360-650-7960.

Learn more about regional transportation at Western's Sustainable Transportation website.

How do I address mail to my student on campus?

Sending a care package to your student in University Residences? Here's the address format you'll need for all on-campus mail:

Student's Name
Hall Hame, Room Number
516 High St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Click here to learn more about on-campus mail to residence halls.

Where to Western grads go after graduation?

Did you know that WWU surveys all graduates to see where they land? Here are some highlights from 2015-16 grads:

  • Only 3 percent of respondents with bachelor's degrees were still seeking employment at the time they completed the survey.
  • 13 percent were pursuing graduate programs.
  • 83.1 percent were employed, and 63.1 report that their job is related to their major or degree.
  • Average starting salary was $43,570.

Click here to learn more, to search by college, department or major, to find out where students work and intern, and to see past years’ results.

Everyone gets stuck on academic projects, but no one has to stay stuck

Students can drop by the Hacherl Research & Writing Studio at Western Libraries, or chat with us online and work at their own pace—no appointments necessary!

Studio staff are on hand to check in and give support on everything from research papers and lab write-ups to resumes and podcasts.

Students can receive individualized feedback and step-by-step strategies for navigating tough assignments, focusing ideas, and learning how to build on strengths to create a personal approach to reading, writing and researching.

Need accommodation? The Studio offers specialized assistance to match all learning needs. Visit the Studio in the library on the second level of Haggard Hall or online at

Calling all parents: the Parent Program Fall Fund Drive thanks you

Since we kicked off the Parent Program Fall Fund Drive on Oct. 9 we have received 257 gifts and pledges totaling $14,331.

To those of you who have already made a gift, THANK YOU! If you haven’t, there is still time!

These dollars will make a tremendous impact in Counseling Center outreach programs, career development and professional readiness activities so your students can meet the changing demands placed on them to be successful in school and competitive in today’s job market.

Please visit or call (360) 650-3027 to make your gift.

Western offers resources for responding to and preventing sexual violence

Western is fully dedicated to not only supporting survivors of sexual or relationship violence, but also to creating and sustaining a safe environment where sexual violence does not occur. 

Learn more about efforts at Western to respond to and reduce the risk of sexual violence.

Counseling Center offers groups and workshops

Every quarter, the counseling center offers a variety of different groups and workshops.

Therapy groups are designed to facilitate connection, promote personal growth and self-understanding, and build resilience. A common theme for group participants is wanting to learn how to change thinking, feelings, and/or behavior to feel better about themselves and cope more effectively with life.

Workshops include psycho-educational and skill building sessions. Workshops do not require consistent attendance. Students do not even need to be a client at the counseling center to attend. In workshops, there is less emphasis on sharing personal experiences, so students can just plan to show up and learn something new, or engage in some healthy practices!

Parents and Families are encouraged to be advocates for the resources and programming offered at WWU’s Counseling Center. Please refer to the Parent Resources that can help you support your student if needed.

WWU Family wall calendars are still available -- and they're free!

New Student Services and Family Outreach collaborated with University Communications and Marketing to produce a wall calendar filled with tips, key dates and resources for families -- not to mention beautiful photography of campus.

The calendars were distributed to incoming families at Summerstart and Transitions. We have extra copies on hand and they're available to ALL WWU families. If you'd like one, email us.

WWU news from Western Today

WWU to Host Holocaust Historian Deborah Lipstadt on Nov. 15 for ‘History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving’

Climate change, Snowmelt, and Salmon: WWU Faculty Probe for Answers on How to Save a Pacific Northwest Icon

WWU students soak up the culture and entrepreneurship of China through study abroad course

Compass 2 Campus Brings 1,000 Fifth Graders to WWU Campus Oct. 17

'The People Who Count Fish:' One student's summer on Kodiak Island

WWU on the Peninsulas to Host Cornell Clayton for ‘Crazy Politics: Populism, Conspiracy Theories, and Paranoia in America’ Nov. 9

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