Reconnect with students at Fall Family Open House
WWU's Fall Family Open House Oct. 22 to
24 offers music, comedy, art, sports, and academic
presentations to give families a chance
to reconnect and experience life at WWU.
Plus: Looking for some family-friendly tips for exploring Bellingham with your student? Click here for advice from a WWU student.
Ryan Stiles and Friends headline Fall Family Open House
Note: Tickets to Ryan Stiles and Friends are sold out.
Soundings interviews Ryan Stiles about the WWU show -- and building a home for improvisational comedy in Whatcom County.
Click here to see the rest of the schedule for Fall Family Open House, including sports, arts, a reception in the Western Gallery, and academic presentations.
Remembering Dwight Clark
Hundreds of Western students gathered on Red Square Wednesday, Oct. 6, to remember Dwight Clark, whose body was found earlier that day. Dwight, a WWU freshman, had been missing since Sept 26, prompting a massive search by his friends and family as well as police, WWU students and community members. The Whatcom County Medical Examiner and the Bellingham Police Department issued this statement.
Read remarks from President Bruce Shepard, Vice President Eileen Coughlin and AS President Colin Watrin on WWU's Remembering Dwight Clark page.
Financial Aid funds must go further
of Financial Aid
While Financial Aid staff members have worked hard to ensure the overall amount of financial assistance to WWU students stays the same, it's clear families need more aid than ever due to the economic crisis.
"Financial Aid counselors have been literally working around the clock to review special circumstances and revise the aid offers of impacted students," says Clara Capron, WWU's Financial Aid director.
Plus: Financial Aid goes paperless. What does that mean for your family?
Advice for student job seekers
Caryn Regimbal, director of the Student Employment Center, and Brianne Kumar, personnel director for the Associated Students, offer tips to students looking for work.
Plan ahead for leadership jobs
Students who work with Admissions, orientation programs, academic advising, Residence Life and other important student services gain crucial leadership experience -- and often get paid. But students who want these jobs need to plan ahead; hiring often takes place one or two quarters before the first day of work. Learn more about qualifications, deadlines, and which jobs come with a paycheck.
WWU Alumni Association hosts sendoffs for new students
Did you attend the parties this summer for new students in Vancouver, Wash. and Olympia? Check out photos from the events.
University Catering can help you send gifts from home
Whether you want to help celebrate your student's birthday, wish them good luck on finals, or just to tell them you miss them, University Catering offers many themed gift packages.
Is your student interested in academic fellowships?
WWU's Fellowships Office helps student navigate the process of applying for prestigious national awards. They payoff can be a chance to study or conduct research abroad. Paul Wanzek, for example, is studying in New Zealand thanks to a fellowship.
With: Advice from Christine Compston, WWU's fellowships advisor, on how families can help students through the process.
Money Sense seminars boost students' financial literacy
Upcoming topics include "Your Rights as a Renter," "Financing Your Education" and "Investing." The free seminars, offered by Business students, include dinner and discussions geard toward college students.
Newsletters, Parent Connection help families stay in touch with WWU
Get the latest news from Western through newsletters, weekly news reports.
Plus: Families can sign up for emergency notifications. Learn more.
Show your Viking pride with free WWU license plates
The Western Alumni Association is giving away a limited number of free WWU Collegiate License Plates to students and alumni.