September 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.

Have questions? Send us a note.

Nearly 5,000 students and family members attended Summerstart and another 1,249 attended Transitions. Students and families who missed the summer events will attend Fall Advising and Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 24.

Important Dates

Labor Day: Monday, Sept. 4

Viking Launch begins: Sunday, Sept. 17

SOS: Jump Start WWU begins: Friday, Sept. 22

Out of State Student Dinner: Saturday, Sept. 23

Residence Hall Move in: Sept. 22-24

Western Welcome Week: Sept. 23-29

Fall Advising & Orientation: Sept. 24-25

AS Red Square Info Fair: Sept. 25-26

Student Welcoming Convocation: Tuesday, Sept. 26

Fall Classes Begin: Wednesday, Sept. 27

Tuition & Fees Due: Wednesday, Sept. 27

Paint B'ham Blue: Wednesday, Sept. 27

Viking Union Late Night: Friday, Sept. 29

Do Good in Your Neighborhood Day: Saturday, Sept. 30

FAFSA Filing begins for 2018-2019: Sunday, Oct. 1

Last day to downsize a meal plan: Friday, Oct. 6

Are you ready for move-in day?

As your student is still deciding what to pack -- and what to leave at home, here's some advice to make sure your family has everything ready for the big day.

And whatever happens, know that you'll have help. Watch for student volunteers, HELPs, wearing shirts like this.

The year begins with Western Welcome Week and Fall Orientation

Western Welcome Week includes
an outdoor movie as well as
the AS Info Fair.

Western Welcome Week is for ALL new and returning WWU students with events such as the Associated Students’ Red Square Info and Club Fair, late night social activities, an outdoor movie, workshops on study skills, career planning, and finance management, bus and bike tours of Bellingham and so much more.

Check out the schedule of events!

President Randhawa's statement regarding the decision to end DACA

Western Washington University has been, and continues to be, strongly opposed to ending this program that provides hope and opportunity for young people across the country, including many Western students, their families and friends.

The Student Business Office: What you need to know

The Student Business Office is responsible for all student billing related to tuition, fees, and on-campus housing and dining. The SBO also processes refunds and advises students to aid in understanding their student account with the university.

Tuition Due Date: Tuition and fees, housing and meal plan charges are due the first day of each term.

Avoid late fees and interest: Check the student account balance before the 15th of each month. Past due charges are subject to late fees and interest. An Authorization to Apply Financial Aid Funds form will allow for Financial Aid to pay for charges from the Health Center, the A.S. Bookstore and other miscellaneous charges. Timing is critical, so encourage your student to complete this form today!

Reminder: If you plan to discuss your student’s financial information with the Student Business Office (SBO), your student must complete a Release of Financial Information form.

Make plans to join your student on Fall Family Weekend

Fall Family Weekend Oct. 20-22 provides a chance to visit with your student and experience Western firsthand.

In addition to free lectures, a reception, tours, gallery exhibits, outdoor excursions and theatrical performances there are a few ticketed events to consider attending:

Who's Live Anyway? will hit the Performing Arts Center Mainstage Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. for 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song with the cast of "Whose Line Is It Anyway." Tickets go on sale Sept. 22 at the Western Box Office.

BelleWood Acres Brunch & Tour: Sunday, Oct. 22 at 11 a.m., at one of Northwest Washington's largest apple orchards. Event includes charter bus from campus to the orchard, a full brunch buffet including an omelet bar, bacon, scalloped potatoes, flourless chocolate torte, mimosa bar, BelleWood's famous apple cider, and more. Following brunch guests will take a train tour around the orchard and have time to explore the corn maze, tour the distillery, shoot corn husks or go shopping. Tickets go on sale Sept. 22 at the Western Box Office.

WWU Women's Soccer vs. Central Washington: The nationally ranked WWU Women’s Soccer team will take on rival Central Washington at Harrington Field on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. Tickets at the Western Box Office , 360-650-6146.

Please RSVP and book your accommodations soon.

2017 Outstanding Graduates offer advice to incoming students

We asked the Outstanding Graduates of 2017, selected by their departments for excellence in academics, scholarship and service, for advice they would give to incoming students.

New: WWU Family wall calendars

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 and are available for $5 at the AS Bookstore.

Financial aid update: WWU student borrowers graduate with less debt than the national average

Borrowers in Western’s class of 2016 had the 89th-lowest average student loan debt, and 38th-lowest among public colleges, according to an analysis of financial aid data from 1,161 universities by

About 65 percent of Western students get some sort of financial aid from WWU, which provided about $143.9 million in financial aid in 2015-16.

Read more about financial aid at Western

Introducing the Financial Literacy Intelligence Program (FLI)

Have you or your students ever wondered how you will pay for college? How to borrow less money?

These are just a couple of the financial topics that students and parents can explore in Western's Financial Literacy Intelligence Program.

We also have an online tool that helps with money management questions and includes a budget wizard:

We are also available for questions at or follow us on Facebook @wwufli.

Students need to keep track of their email to stay in touch with Western

Email is the primary way Western communicates with students. All students have a Microsoft Office 365 account and mailbox. Click here to learn more.

'Tulalip From My Heart' is this year's Western Reads book

Harriette Shelton Dover's autobiographical account of life on the Tulalip Reservation in the early 20th century will be the subject of events and conversations throughout the year.

Western Reads promotes intellectual engagement and community among new students by offering them the opportunity to join in the converstaion around that year's book.

WWU news from Western Today

WWU Takes Top Spot in Washington in Sierra Club’s 2017 ‘Cool Schools’ Sustainability Rankings

‘Coded Threads: Textiles and Technology’ begins Sept. 27 in the Western Gallery

WWU to Partner with Dept. of the Interior, Four Regional Universities on New Northwest Climate Science Center

UbiQD Signs License Agreement with Western Washington University and University of Washington for Luminescent Solar Concentrator Technology

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