Students use their skills to serve the community
University Communications Intern Jordan Whitford is one of more than 3,900 Western students each year who put their academic skills to work in the community through service-learning.
Whitford writes about his work with a legal assistance group in Bellingham and explores what other students are doing for service-learning projects.
Meet Western's new top officials in academics, public safety and athletics
Brent Carbajal has been named as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Western Washington University, President Bruce Shepard announced.
In June 2013, Carbajal was appointed to a two-year fixed term as provost. Earlier this month, he was permanently appointed to the position.
“I am absolutely delighted that our campus will be able to draw upon the talents of such a proven academic leader as Dr. Carbajal,” Shepard said. “Brent deeply understands what Western is foremost about: He knows our values and lives them.”
Shepard also recently announced two other top appointments: Steve Card in Athletics and Darin Rasmussen in Public Safety.
Good jobs news for new graduates
The job outlook is brighter for graduating students as employers report that they intend to hire more recent graduates. Western’s annual employment survey also shows more recent graduates are finding jobs:
Western's Ethnic Student Center presents Culture Shock
A performance by incoming AS President Annika Wolters got students up out of their seats.
Summer Session gives students a chance to catch up and get ahead
“Summer Session is a great opportunity for students to catch up or jump ahead on credits, repeat classes to improve a grade, study abroad with other WWU students and faculty, or to complete classes only offered in the summer,” said Marlene Harlan, director of summer programs. “We see smaller class sizes in most courses, allowing more interaction between the student and the instructor and resulting in a richer classroom experience.”
'The Boys in the Boat' is next year's Western Reads selection
All new freshman and transfer students will receive a complimentary copy of “The Boys in the Boat” at orientation and will be invited to participate in a variety of Western Reads activities during the academic year, including discussions, faculty presentations and guest lectures.
The book by Daniel James Brown tells the emotionally charged story of the eight-oar crew team from the University of Washington that beat the odds and won gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
License plates show Western pride on your ride
The new Western Washington University-themed license plate is now available through the Washington State Department of Licensing.
Plate fees vary depending on the vehicle and $28 of every plate purchase is given back to Western and distributed through the WWU Alumni Association for scholarships.