Career Center events help students make their big plans
The Winter Career Fair Feb. 11 is a great way for students to network, meet potential employers and find internship opportunities. Held quarterly, the event is sponsored by WWU’s Career Services Center and employers from a variety of fields will be present including business, industry, government, and education.
A new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Section will be featured at this quarter’s fair, with engineering employers as well as representation from different engineering student clubs.
And an "Ask an Alum" event will give students a chance to learn some career advice from graduates.
Five things families can do help their students launch their careers
As students begin to start thinking about jobs after college, many of them may turn to their families for advice. Western’s Career Services Center offers suggestions for parents who are looking for ways to help direct their students in the right direction.
Sign up soon for Winter Commencement
Students who graduate this quarter have until Feb. 12 to sign up to attend Winter Commencement without paying a $20 late fee.
The Winter Commencement Ceremony is March 19. (Double-check your own calendar -- a previous edition of the Soundings newsletter mailed to families last September had the wrong date for Winter Commencement.)
Click here to learn more about Commencement ceremonies.
Western's new Research-Writing Studio is a popular place for students
Students looking for academic help now have a new place to turn. Western Libraries’ new Research-Writing Studio is designed to be a collaborative work space that brings the library’s academic support services together in one place.
“At no time in my history here have I seen students this engaged, forming community, taking charge of the space and their learning,” says Roberta Kjesrud, who spent nearly 30 years at the Writing Center and now serves as director of writing at the Research-Writing Studio.
Students who face academic struggles should know they're not alone
Many freshmen, even those who feel prepared and confident, face significant academic struggles when they come to college. For example, 12.9 percent of freshman and 10.6 percent of new transfer students at Western were put on “academic warning” after fall quarter 2015.
But there's help.
Western Reads events dive into social justice activism
"Do it Anyway: A New Generation of Activists," this year's Western Reads book selection, explores how millennial students are taking on today's social and environmental issues.
Three recent speakers continued the conversation on diversity and activism.
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Families who want to stay in the loop when emergencies hit campus must register online to receive Western Alert text and email messages.
Is your student thinking about moving off campus? Western's 'Off-Campus Living' is a great resource for students
Students who live off-campus are introduced to new choices and new responsibilities.
Like you, Western wants your student’s off-campus living experience to be enjoyable and successful. We want students to make good choices, be good neighbors and become active community members.
Western establishes the Salish Sea institute
The Salish Sea is the collective name for the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Puget Sound, which includes Bellingham Bay. The Salish Sea Studies Institute is dedicated to the protection, restoration and management of the Salish Sea and its surroundings, as well as aiming to collaborate with all people who inhabit the area in order to bring these diverse groups together.
Click here for a live feed of the Carver building remodel
The Carver Academic Facility is closed for a much-needed renovation. The two-year project, largely funded by $70 million from the Washington State Legislature, will address urgently needed seismic reinforcement and provide classroom and lab space for several departments.
Click here to watch the project take shape.
Add Viking Dollars for on-campus food purchases
Viking Dollars, a prepaid debit account loaded onto Western Cards for use at University Dining locations, can be added online.