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Senior Brady Schmitt works on repairing his bike at the Outdoor Center's bike shop, which offers repair stations, parts and tools. | Photo by Roisin Cowan-Kuist, WWU Marketing and Communications Intern
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Students can apply now for on-campus housing renewal
Information sessions for students planning their moves off campus
At Housing and Hashbrowns Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, students will gather in the Wilson Library Reading Room for a crash course in everything they need to know about moving off campus. Students will hear from the Legal Advocates of Washington about what is legal (and not) in a lease and how to get their damage deposit back. The city of Bellingham will be there to talk about local laws, the Rental Registration and Safety Inspection Program and Bellingham’s fair housing rules. Off Campus Living and the AS Legal Info Center will also be there to talk about on campus resources for students.
Western's first Off Campus Living Fair March 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room, will give students a one-stop-shop opportunity to meet and talk to local landlords and property managers, utility service companies and local tenant support service organizations. All students are welcome.
Every year, the Campus Recreation Department offers finals week care packages for your student at the end of fall and winter quarters. This has been a tradition for 20 years to help sport clubs and intramural sports and our other student programs.
Laural Ballew named WWU Executive Director of American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations and Tribal Liaison to the President
Ballew most recently served as department chair of Tribal Governance and Business Management at Northwest Indian College, a program which she created. Ballew was hired following a national search, and she started at Western on Jan. 28, 2019.
An enrolled member of the Swinomish Tribe, Ballew has lived on the Lummi reservation with her husband of 43 years, Timothy Ballew Sr. They have two sons, Timothy II and Raymond, and two grandsons, Hunter and Tandy. She received a bachelor’s degree, with a major in American Cultural Studies and a minor in Native American Studies, from Western in 2002. She earned a master’s degree in Public Administration, from The Evergreen State College, and is studying for a doctorate in Indigenous Development and Advancement from Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, in New Zealand.
WWU students Celida Moran and Samara Almonte awarded prestigious Doris Duke Fellowships
The goal of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program Fellowships is to serve students from groups traditionally underrepresented in conservation, across disciplines, who can contribute to diversifying, redefining, and strengthening efforts to protect land, wildlife and water. The pair has completed the first summer of work for their fellowships, and will be heading back to this summer to finish. Celida Moran, an environmental science student from San Francisco is completing her fellowship at the University of Washington, while Samara Almonte of Bothell, who studies urban planning, is completing hers at University of Michigan.
Summer Session at Western is a great opportunity for your student to get ahead or stay on track for graduation with accelerated on-campus courses, online courses, field study opportunities and travel programs. Summer courses feature smaller class sizes, allowing your student to have more interaction with their instructors and less competition when registering for popular classes.
You are welcome to join your student, along with Summer Session staff, for free hot cocoa on Friday, Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Red Square to celebrate summer session courses becoming available on ClassFinder and to learn more about this program.
Registration has begun for many WWU Youth programs
Summer is right around the corner, and Western's summer Youth Programs offer a wide variety of programming for students of all ages. Visit wwu.edu/youth to learn more. Registration for many summer programs begins Feb. 1.