There's still time to register for Back2Bellingham Alumni and Family Weekend
Western will host its fourth annual Back2Bellingham reunion weekend for alumni, families, students, faculty, staff and community from Friday to Sunday, May 17-19.
Back2Bellingham gets bigger and better each year
Back2Bellingham offers an opportunity for all Western colleges, departments, clubs and organizations to bring potential and current students, parents and staff together to network with alumni and former faculty.
Growing bigger and better each year, Back2Bellingham’s fourth year features more than 100 reunions, tours, educational discussions, athletic events, recreational and entertainment opportunities, and parties with live music on five stages, two more than previous years. This year will also be highlighted by a reunion for Golden Vikings, Western Washington University alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago.
The $12 registration fee includes a barbecue lunch on the Old Main Lawn with live music from the PrimeTime band, the Red Square Carnival, Party in the Library, Science in Red Square, Classes Without Quizzes, Junior Viking Blast Pass and kids athletic camps, the Downtown Bellingham Bash at Boundary Bay Brewery and campus tours. Some theatrical events and reunions require additional tickets, which can be purchased at www.back2bellingham.com and at Western’s Box Office throughout the weekend.
“The events scheduled during Back2Bellingham will provide family members, alumni and the community with a great way to have fun and find out what’s going on at Western,” said Anna Carey, Director of New Student Services/Family Outreach. “We’re especially excited about the opportunity to give back to Bellingham with service projects that are being launched this year.”
Potential students and parents will also have an opportunity to see the outstanding work of current Western students with the 14th Annual Scholars Week Showcase, which is now part of Back2Bellingham weekend. Additionally, Western's Office of Admissions invites high school students interested in attending Western to attend “Spring into Western,” a series of discussions about applying to Western and resources available for incoming students and their families.
Each year Back2Bellingham highlights a different college. This year the Woodring College of Education will be featured, with special events including the Spirit of Woodring Reunion Pep Rally, open tours of the department and Classes Without Quizzes presented by some of the most beloved and well-known Woodring College of Education faculty members. Participants can learn about “First Person Singular — International Climate Change” presented by Lauren McClanahan, “Learning in a Second Language Classroom While Hearing Only Swedish” with Jennifer Green, “It’s Your Arboretum” with David Engebretson, “30 Apps in 50 Minutes” with Paula Dagnon, and “Fostering Global Citizens” with Rosalie Romano.
Back2Bellingham brings approximately 7,000 alumni, students, staff and community members to campus each year to reunite, network and celebrate being a part of Western.
Parking is free during Back2Bellingham in all non-reserved lots from 4:30pm on Friday, May 17 to 7:00am on Monday, May 20.
For more information about the event and to register for Back2Bellingham visit www.back2bellingham.com.