'Western Window' TV show highlights students' perspective
By Kristi VanHerweg
Intern, WWU University Communications and Marketing
“Western Window,” a student-produced television program that features stories about Western Washington University students, faculty, and programs around campus, can now be viewed online and on cable systems from Vancouver, B.C. to Vancouver, Wash.
Recent stories covered Western’s award winning Vehicle Research Institute, and the annual student Trash Fashion Show. Other episodes have featured Western alumni success stories, students who make a difference and important presentations at and around campus.
Suzanne Blais, an instructor at Western with two decades of experience in broadcasting, guides the student interns through the production process. Students do not need to have a particular major or certain experience in order to work for “Western Window,” Blais says. What matters to Blais is that the students have a passion for film and video, and want to learn more about it.
Where to see 'Western Window'
All episodes are on Western's YouTube page.
- Comcast in Bellingham and Whatcom,
Skagit and Island counties: Channel 12
- Comcast in Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia
and the greater Puget Sound region:
Channel 72 (digital)
- DishTV: Channel 35
- DirecTV, Wave & Frontier: Channel 12
On Bellingham TV 10:
- Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
- Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
- Thursdays at 2 p.m.
- Fridays at 10 p.m.
- Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 11 p.m.
“Western Window” is open to not only students of Western and Whatcom Community College, but to recent graduates who want the experience. Community volunteers have even helped out along the way.
Clara Lewis, a Western senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Acting, is the host of “Western Window” along with Western alumnus, Chris Roselli. Lewis first joined the show as an intern in the fall of 2012 creating feature stories.
“’Western Window’ highlights the awesome things that happen at and around Western,” Lewis says. “It shows the student, staff, and faculty’s passion for the school, and the Bellingham community. It is also a great resource for families who want to learn about or get involved in the programs and events happening around campus.”
Blais also believes it is important for families of Western students to see “Western Window.”
“I’ve had more than 200 students work on ‘Western Window’ since the start,” she says. “It is their work every week that’s aired, and if you want to see what students are thinking and caring about, and how they view their own world, it’s a good way to get insight of that.”