February 2019

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Important Dates

Finnbogi Pétursson's "Infra-Supra 2019" at the Western Gallery: through Saturday, March 16

Applications open for on-campus housing renewal: Friday, Feb. 1

Off Campus Living's Housing and Hashbrowns: Saturday, Feb. 2

Last day to apply to graduate winter quarter: Tuesday, Feb. 5

LGBTQ+ Western's "LGBTQ+ 101": Tuesday, Feb. 5

Drop-In Resume Clinic: Tuesday, Feb. 5

Washington Opportunity Scholarship: Feb. 6 and 7, VU Lobby

Winter Career Fair Featuring STEM: Thursday, Feb. 7

Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair: Thursday, Feb. 7

CFPA presents "The Imaginary Invalid": Thursday, Feb. 7 to Saturday, Feb. 16

WWU Men’s Basketball vs CWU Alumni Party: Thursday, Feb. 7

Last day to apply to attend winter commencement without a late fee: Friday, Feb. 8

Drop-In Resume Clinic: Wednesday, Feb. 13

Learn about Summer Session: Friday, Feb. 15, 1 p.m., Red Square

Presidents Day, University Closed: Monday, Feb. 18

Drop-In Advising Lab: Thursday, Feb. 21

Farm to Fork: Thursday, Feb. 21

Education and Health Career Fair: Friday, Feb. 22

Drop-In Advising Lab: Tuesday, Feb. 26

Choosing a Major Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 28

Drop-In Advising Lab: Monday, March 4

Finals Week: March 4

LGBTQ+ Western's "Spending Time with Family as an LGBTQ+ Person": Thursday, March 14

WWU Vikings at the Nordic Museum: Thursday, March 21

Winter Commencement: Saturday, March 23

Spring Break: March 23 - April 1

Add WWU events, dates and deadlines to your own calendar: Event listings in Western's online calendar offer an "Add to my calendar" feature to download the event information in an .ics file, which works with most standard calendar apps. Open the .ics file and the event will automatically be added to your calendar on your phone or computer desktop.

Students can apply now for on-campus housing renewal

Does your student currently live on campus and wish to renew their housing? Applications are open until Feb. 15. Find out more information about the housing renewal process here.

Click here to learn more about student jobs with University Residences.

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.

Students—and families—can learn more at Western's Off-Campus Living website.

Finals week care packages support club sports

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.

Click here for more information or email us at carepacks@wwu.edu Orders are due Friday, Feb. 15.

Winter quarter is packed with career and networking events

Be sure to share these events with your students.

Drop In Resume Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. in Haggard Hall 233, more info

Winter Career Fair featuring STEM

Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • Opportunities for all students and all majors to find internships and jobs.
  • Featuring a STEM section highlighting opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair

Feb. 7, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • All majors welcome
  • Explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions addressing the challenges of creating a sustainable society.
  • Meet with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry representatives

Education & Health Career Fair

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • Those interested in careers in the education and health career fields will want to attend
  • Talk with representatives from many Puget Sound area school districts, clinics and hospitals.
  • Learn about opportunities in local education and healthcare organizations and make connections.

It might snow, so be prepared

WWU trees and pathways covered with snow

It's time to check the tread on our winter boots and get to know our local bus routes, because Western typically remains open when it snows.

Check out Western's inclement weather page to learn more. And Western's online, interactive campus map includes priority snow removal routes.


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.

Click here to read more about Ballew and her new role at Western.

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.

Click here to read more about the students and their work.

Help your student get ahead this summer

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.

Click here to explore Summer Session offerings and sign up to receive email reminders to help remind your student of important deadlines.

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.

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