WWU’s Melissa Rice, Students Attend NASA Workshop for Mars 2020 Mission

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice recently attended a NASA workshop in Monrovia, California with a number of her students to help select landing sites for the Mars 2020 rover mission.

Rice, who is a member of the Curiosity rover science team that has been exploring Mars since 2012, joined 172 scientists in narrowing down eight different potential landing sites to a final three sites.

WWU’s SDBC to Host Leadership Development Sessions March 21, 22 and 28

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is partnering with the Ferndale Chamber of Commerce to host a series of Leadership Development Workshops from 11: 30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 21, 22 and 28 at 5659 Barrett Road in Ferndale.

The programs are free but registration is required; to register, email sbdc@wwu.edu.

These training programs will give attendees insights on what it takes to become a better communicator and succeed as a leader of teams.

There will be three sessions:

Masters of Asian Cinema: 'Creepy' March 14 at the Pickford

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is the 2016 feature Creepy.  It will screen on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay St. in downtown Bellingham.  

Before his 2008 film "Tokyo Sonata" introduced new audiences to his work, Kurosawa Kiyoshi was known as a horror director. His films were not ordinary horror films as they focused more on the complex psychological states of his characters than on delivering visceral thrills. Kurosawa’s current film is something of a return to his roots.

Have you made plans for Spring Break yet? Check out WWU's Alternative Spring Break!

Have you made plans for Spring Break yet?  We’ve got ideas for you!

Find out how well you really know Bellingham during Alternative Spring Break, a series of FREE events designed for new students, staff, and faculty, and open to all! Bring your friends, partners, and family out to meet your neighbors and explore the Salish Sea region.

Viking Food Credits Help Students in Need

Roughly two thirds of Western students receive financial aid in the form of loans, grants, scholarships or work study.

But some students – especially those without family or other resources – may encounter circumstances that cause them to run so low on funds that they go hungry. In those instances, Western can help students in need with food credits.

Financial Aid counselors assess student needs and are authorized to put up to $100 per quarter on a student’s Viking card. This money can be used at any on-campus dining location.

WWU Youth Programs to Host Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) April 14

Students in grades 1-5 are invited to enjoy an evening of hands-on science activities at Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) Friday, April 14.

The event is scheduled from 7-9:45 p.m. and includes an exploration of rockets, followed by an optional hour of pool time.

Students will be divided into two different learning groups: grades 1-3 and grades 4-5.

The cost is $25 for the academic session or $30 for both the academic session and swim time.

Registration is available online at wwu.edu/youth.

KNOW evening schedule:

WWU to host Alumnus and Mountaineer Leif Whittaker on Thursday, March 30

Western Washington University will host renowned mountaineer and Western alumnus Leif Whittaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 in Western Washington University’s Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Admission to the event is $5 per person and is open to the public.

In this presentation, Whittaker, son of the first American to summit Mount Everest, will shed light on growing up in the shadow of a famous father, and how that journey helped shape a unique view of his own relationship with a mountain and his dad.

WWU Supply Chain Students Inspire by 'Paying It Forward'

When three Western students won a prestigious case competition, were awarded $600 for the effort, and then decided to take this money and pay it forward by donating it to WWU APICS (their student professional organization), it might be considered extraordinary. But for these three, it was only the beginning of an amazing example of the power and reach of seemingly small, positive actions.

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