Video Archive

Episode 50

June, 2017

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of WWU’s Front Door to Discovery program and Rahwa Hailemariam, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. A Lifetime of Achievement – Lynda Goodrich is a Western legend – more than 400 wins over her 19 seasons as the women’s basketball coach and nine team national championships during her 26-year run as athletic director ... and she’s a Western alumna to boot. (1:02)
  2. Ignoring the Northwest Weather – Western’s cycling team is driven to perform and advance the sport – even during our oft-rainy winters. (8:36)
  3. Campus Hyperlapse – Check out this amazing hyperlapse of Western's gorgeous campus– a time-lapse compilation where the camera moves between each shot – done by WWU students Morgan Stilp and Dominic Yoxtheimer. (10:57)
  4. Energy Symposium – WWU recently hosted a symposium on the future of energy in the transportation sector, kicked off by Gov. Jay Inslee. (11:56)
  5. Earth Day: Locust Beach – About 50 Western students and residents visited Locust Beach for a cleanup effort on Earth Day, removing everything from plastics to old furniture. (17:15)
  6. A New Movement – Hip-Hop Theatre brings the rhythmic beats of traditional hip-hop and combines it with storytelling to form an entirely new and unique voice. (21:07 )

Episode 49

May, 2017

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of WWU’s Front Door to Discovery program and Rahwa Hailemariam, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Temple: Author, Activist, Autistic – Temple Grandin, who has been called “the most famous person with autism in the world,” took some time from her recent visit to WWU to talk in studio about her life, her hopes for young people with her condition, and what drives her to make a difference in the world every day. (0:56)
  2. Discussing the Columbia River Treaty – Western recently hosted a symposium on the Columbia River Treaty – an agreement between the U.S. and Canada to provide energy and flood control through the Columbia basin – that is now up for renewal. What are the pros and cons, from the perspectives of business, the public, the environment, First Nations and Tribes, fisheries, and energy providers, to renew the treaty? (8:25)
  3. Undeterred – Western’s Jeffrey Parker, a native of Oakland, California, is the school’s all-time leading scorer in men’s basketball. What made him choose Western, and four years later, what memories will he leave Bellingham with? (14:15)
  4. Inspiring Through Arts Education – Bellingham’s BAAY- Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth – utilizes Western alums and students to bring an arts-based curriculum to local youth. (19:58)
  5. Cold Cuts – WWU student and Bellingham Sportsplex employee Peter Beeler is in charge of the single most important piece of equipment in any ice rink: the Zamboni. (23:22)

Episode 48

March, 2017

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of WWU’s Front Door to Discovery program and Rahwa Hailemariam, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Inspiring the Next Generation – Alumna Joyce Taylor, an Emmy-winning Seattle journalist for more than 25 years, shares her experiences at Western and discusses how they helped prepare her for her life and career after graduation. (0:56)
  2. From IDEA to Innovation – At Western’s IDEA Institute, entrepreneurship is for everyone, whether the focus is social justice, the environment, arts, education, business, or anywhere in between. (8:16)
  3. Rebuilding Flank II – "Flank II" by Mia Westerlund Roosen, a sculpture in Western’s internationally known Outdoor Sculpture Collection, recently underwent a facelift, re-build, and repair by the artist and a crew of staff.
  4. First Person: Diverse Student Stories – “First Person: Diverse Student Stories,” written by Western’s Maria McLeod and directed by WWU alumna Karee Wardrop, features monologues of interviews with seven Western students to give new insight into the differences that make us all special and unique – and the trials and pitfalls that diverse students face very day. (16:49)
  5. Mixing Things Up – “Mix it Up: The Faces of STEM” is a program at Western led by physicist Regina Barber DeGraaff with a focus on fostering inclusion with the sciences and breaking stereotypes on who scientists really are. (21:28)

Episode 47

March, 2017

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Rahwa Hailemariam, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. From the Top of the World – WWU alumnus Larry Nielson (’70), who in 19083 became the first American to summit Mount Everest without the use of bottled oxygen, recounts his trip, discusses footage taken at the summit that day, and muses on how that expedition has impacted his life. (1:02)
  2. Learning to Ask ‘How?’ – The Adaptive Sports class is a requirement in Western’s recreation program, and it challenges students to rethink their preconceived notions of “ability” and teaches them to say “how” instead of “no.” (10:30)
  3. The Dangers of Silence – WWU’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. events celebrate the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to a country being torn apart by racial strife, a legacy that lives on. (15:00)
  4. Above Bellingham – WWU Visual Journalism student Kjell Redal has captured the majesty and raw natural beauty of Bellingham and Whatcom County from the air in his incredible new video piece, “Above Bellingham.” (20:24)

Episode 46

Jan, 2017

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. From Time Immemorial – Western’s Woodring College of Education and its Department of History are working with peers at the University of Washington and through state agencies to help create “From Time Immemorial,” a history lesson-plan process that for the first time inserts the tribal history, knowledge and culture of Washington’s Native Americans into K-12 curricula throughout the state. (0:53)
  2. WOOT! – Western Outdoor Orientation Trips (WOOT) immerse new students into the outdoors to meet their fellow freshmen, build community, and begin to assimilate to life away from home for the first time. (7:40)
  3. Chemistry in the Kitchen – Through this Extended Education program, local kids get to learn about physics, chemistry, biology and more by doing something they were taught never to do: play with their food. (13:08)>
  4. Welcoming Convocation at Western ¬– One of the University’s most cherished traditions, Welcoming Convocation takes place at the beginning of each school year, and from the bagpipers to the fireworks to the discussions with WWU leaders, and it’s all about letting new students know they are in the right place. (17:32)
  5. Alumni Profiles: Ruth Mathews (’87) ¬– Ruth Mathews, a WWU alumna and Fairhaven College grad, discusses how her education at Western paved the way for her long career working on water-sustainability issues across the world with governments, business, and the public. (21:52)

Episode 45

Dec, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode

  1. Almost Christmas – Western student and Western Window co-host Kevin Miller has a song in the soundtrack of the new movie “Almost Christmas” starring Danny Glover. (0:10)
  2. New Director for Compass 2 Campus – Anselmo Villanueva is the new director of Western’s nationally recognized Compass 2 Campus program, which brings thousands of fifth-graders to campus each year. (2:30)
  3. Going From Good to Best – Western’s Best Self program helps students, faculty and staff work through adversity using positive psychology and a strong sense of wellbeing to achieve goals and persevere in the face of difficult times. (7:15)
  4. How Space Turns – A recent exhibition in WWU’s Western Gallery featured the work of artists from three continents as well live dancers choreographed by Western’s Susan Haines. (11:30)
  5. Supporting Business Success – WWU’s Small Business Development Center and its director CJ Seitz work with Whatcom County businesses to bring jobs and entrepreneurial success to the region. (16:57)
  6. The Art of Improvisation – WWU students talk about their work in America’s unique musical art form, Jazz, and the challenges and rewards it brings to them as musicians. (21:58)
  7. What’s Your Favorite Class? – A few WWU students talk about their favorite classes and what makes them interesting. (25:30)

Episode 44

Nov, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Liberal Arts on Trial – Western Journalism alumnus and Seattle Times reporter Ron Judd (’85) has written his master’s thesis on the “red scare” that brought down former Western President Charles Fisher almost 80 years ago. (1:05)
  2. Painting Bellingham Blue – Thousands of Western students headed downtown to the Farmer’s Market for a fun night of activities to kick off the new school year for the first annual “Paint Bellingham Blue” celebration, complete with music, fireworks and more. (11:22)
  3. Free Falling ¬– Western pole vaulter Jacob Hino has battled through two years of crippling injuries to keep excelling at the sport he loves – and for that unforgettable feeling of falling, untethered, from the sky to the mat. (16:07)
  4. Teaching by Questioning ¬– A number of Western faculty are working in a field called inquiry-based learning to better help their students grasp, understand, and practice the sciences such as Physics in new ways. (20:03)

Episode 43

Oct, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western.   Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Cultivating Compassion – Western alumna Emily Hine (’89) has helped raise over $150 million for nonprofits across the country, all with the central overarching goal of increasing peace and compassion on the planet. (1:05)
  2. Mars Invasion! – Bellingham recently hosted an event for NASA scientists, researchers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Western’s own Mars expert, Melissa Rice, to talk about what is coming in terms of our collective efforts to explore and potentially colonize the Red Planet. (7:58)
  3. Learning to be Global  ­– Western already has a deep connection with Mongolia due to its East Asian Studies program and one also housing on the world’s largest collections of Mongolian books and literature. But a recent trip to the country by faculty, staff and students paved the way for even stronger ties. (12:42)
  4. Engineering Passion  ­– Western and its Vehicle Research Institute were called by Automobile Magazine as “very possibly the best school in the country for total car design.” Pushing to find cutting edge alternative-fuel vehicles that are capable of being mass produced, what is it that drives these students to succeed, let alone spend an additional 60 hours a week in the shop? (19:23)
  5. First Steps to Sustainability – Camp Lutherwood is an environmental learning course for 5th graders led by students from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment with the goal of planting the seed of environmental stewardship in the young minds of the campers. (23:30)

Episode 42

Aug, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Sammi DiPiano, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Cat and Mouse – Through regional competitions against other schools such as the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington, Western’s cybersecurity team works at these events to defend sites and networks from “red teams” of IT professionals and keep their sites open, running, and secure. (0:58)
  2. Curriculum for Recovery – Western is working with state agencies and other institutions to craft a new curriculum in Science, Math and Technology Education for students in the communities devastated by the Oso landslide two years ago in an effort to improve and revitalize the communities. (6:01)
  3. The Great Puzzle Hunt – A recent Western competition combined a campus scavenger hunt for 350 participants with creative puzzle-solving using smartphones. (11:59)
  4. Proactive Policing – WWU police officer Todd Osborn, a Western alumnus, works hard to build relationships with his campus community and serve its faculty, staff, and students in a way that leaves them feeling safe, empowered, and listened to. (17:00)
  5. Composers of Western – The Composers of Western – or COWs – create original chamber music, electronic dance music, and everything in between, and debut them at quarterly concerts on campus. (20:00)

Episode 41

Aug, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Seismic Foresight – Researchers at Western are working with colleges along the West Coast to place and analyze sensors to help detect earthquakes as early as possible to minimize loss of life in the event of a huge event. (1:08)
  2. The Drive – Take a look inside the demanding life of a Western student athlete, as the segment explores the day-to-day schedule of Western’s women’s rowing team, winner of seven NCAA rowing titles. Prepare for a 5 a.m. trip to the Pain Cave. (6:00)
  3. Fix-It for Everyone – Western, through a grant from its Sustainable Action Fund, has installed a number of Fix-It bike-repair stations across campus to encourage more students, faculty, and staff to use two-wheeled pedaled transportation. (18:02)
  4. Are You Ready to Rock? – Bellingham Girls Rock Camp, hosted by Western, aims to empower young girls through music education, performance, and social justice. (19:29)
  5. Discovering the SEA – Western’s SEA Discovery Center is a place for hands-on education and discovery for kids of all ages in the Poulsbo area. (22:48)

Episode 40

July, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Kevin Miller, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Education Outdoors – Students from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment host local middle –schoolers for a day of outdoor science and fun at the Gordon Carter Environmental Learning Center on Lake Whatcom, learning about everything from stream macroinvertebrates to the effects of fertilizer on the lake’s water quality. (1:40)
  2. Taking Steps Toward Mental Wellness – Western’s Building Resilience And Voicing Empathy (BRAVE) program aims to provide resources for those who struggle with depression and provide support for their friends and family. (5:25)
  3. Learning to Clean Up – SMOCS – the Science and Management of Contaminated Sites – is a series of classes at Western that takes students through the processes of cleaning up contaminated sites, from Bellingham’s waterfront to the Hanford Nuclear Site. Students learn the processes involved in cleanup and how planning along the way can prevent toxic waste from contaminating the ecosystem. (11:42)
  4. Music in the Air – Western alumnus Ryan Dudenbostel has returned to his alma mater to conduct the WWU Symphony Orchestra. Having travelled and performed around the world and being one of only a dozen Americans asked to compete in the internal conducting competition in Barcelona, what brought him back home? (16:40)
  5. Robotics Under the Sea – A WWU Extended Education program at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes challenged middle-schoolers to build remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from scratch that can collect scientific data and explore the sea in new ways. (22:30)

Episode 39

June, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. 1. Making a Difference in the World – Alumna Debra Atwood (’77) is the executive director of the Meridian Institute’s Agree initiative, a project building consensus and catalyzing action worldwide around issues of food, agriculture and sustainability. (1:05)
  2. Professor of the Year ¬– The Department of Theatre and Dance’s Rich Brown was recently named the Carnegie State Professor of the Year for Washington state, an honor encompassing every faculty member in Washington regardless of department, tenure status, or seniority. It’s the second time in three years that a Western professor has been given this award. (6:56)
  3. Making Sense of the Sea ¬– Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes is a nexus of graduate, undergraduate and K-12 collaboration around the concept of ocean literacy. Its faculty work on high-level research in areas from ecosystem destruction to ocean acidification while at the same time performing hugely important outreach activities with local grade schoolers. (11:00)
  4. Bringing Art Indoors – Alumnus Claude Zervas is a sculptor and artist who blends nature and technology in novel new ways, such as the new installation “Nooksack Middle Fork” located in the Performing Arts Center on Western’s campus. (17:47)
  5. Black Excellence at Western – Western hosted its first ever Black Excellence Conference and Ball last month to bring students together and build community. (22:04)

Episode 38

June, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Life in the Hazard Zone – Western’s Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, associate professor of geology, talk about what makes the Pacific Northwest so seismically active and what we need to do to protect ourselves. (1:33)
  2. A Lifetime of Connection – Environmental sculptor George Trakas’ installations are world renowned, and western is lucky enough to have its own Trakas on campus, “Bayview Station.” Trakas was recently back on campus to perform maintenance on Bayview Station and talked with Western Window about his work and how music influenced the sculpture’s design. (7:15)
  3. Taking Steps Towards Mental Wellness – Western’s BRAVE suicide-prevention program brought Kevin Hines, a survivor of a suicide attempt on the Golden Gate Bridge, to campus to talk about mental health and how to more capably deal with depression and anxiety before they can take hold. (12:00)
  4. Powered Up and Ready to Roll – Western is replacing a traditional delivery truck with an electric trike to help lower the campus’ carbon footprint. (18:16)
  5. A Lab for the Future – Bellingham’s Saturna Capital provided funds for the building of the new Sustainable Investing Lab in Western’s College of Business and Economics. The new lab provides real-time investing data in a learning environment that creates a space for Western students to use new tools to better understand how Wall Street works. (21:57)
  6. Spring at Western – Western has one of the most beautiful campuses in the country; watch spring unfold on campus in this video montage. (24:38)

Episode 37

June, 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. The following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Western Leadership Profiles: Ralph Munro – WWU Journalism professor emeritus Floyd McKay interviews Western alumnus and longtime Washington Secretary of State Ralph Munro (’66) on his time on campus, his life in state government, and the rich legacy he has helped foster in both Olympia and Bellingham. (1:00)
  2. Planting for the Future – Western’s arborists work hard to keep the campus’ more than 70 tree species, many gifts from far-flung locales, in tip-top shape. (10:10)
  3. High School Dancers Take the Stage – The WWU High School Dance Festival hosts regional high school students and faculty to experience what a Dance program is like on a college campus; the days of classes and workshops culminate with a public performance on the WWU mainstage. (15:00)
  4. Collaboration, Education, and Digital Security – A $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation has led to a collaboration between WWU, the University of Washington, Whatcom Community College, and Bellingham Technical College aims to place more community college graduates directly into four-year degree programs in the burgeoning and much-needed field of cybersecurity. (18:15)
  5. Coming Back to Bellingham – Each spring, Western’s Back to Bellingham celebration brings more than 7,000 alumni, parents, students and community members back to campus for a weekend-long celebration of all things WWU. (24:10)

Episode 36

March, 2016

This month’s episode of Western Window is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. The following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. A Quality of Resilience – WWU Psychology Department Professor David Sattler circles the globe visiting sites of natural disasters – everywhere from Indonesia and the Philippines to El Salvador ­– to see how communities rebound psychologically after natural disasters such as typhoons and tsunamis. (1:07)
  2. Robotics Under the Sea – A WWU Extended Education program at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes challenged middle-schoolers to build remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from scratch that can collect scientific data and explore the sea in new ways. (7:56)
  3. Finding Career Options – Career Fairs are a crucial option for Western students to meet, greet, network, interview, set up internships, and move forward on their first jobs after graduation. Employers talk about what they look for and why Western’s students make fabulous employees, and students learn about what it takes to move forward in the job world. (12:38)
  4. Equity and Inclusion at Western – Western’s Equity and Inclusion Forum kicked off with a free-expression graffiti wall that encouraged all comers to voice their views on any issues that were important to them. (16:43)
  5. Switch: Breaking Gender Norms in Sports – These two Western students have chosen to participate in sports that are not typical for their genders: Lewis Jensen is a spot man on Western’s cheer team and Lauren Carlson is a female weightlifter. Both talk about the rewards but also the downsides of often being the only person of their gender participating in their sports. (21:03)

Episode 35

March, 2016

This month’s show is a single “Office Hours” segment hosted by Dan Purdy, director of Western’s Front Door to Discovery program.

  1. Small Businesses, Big Impact: Dan Purdy is joined by Hart Hodges, the director of Western’s Center for Economic and Business Research; Art Sherwood, the director of Western’s IDEA Institute and the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship; Skye Elijah, a Western alumna and CEO of Coin Beyond; and CJ Seitz, the director of Western’s Small Business Development Center in downtown Bellingham, as they discuss the pivotal role that startup businesses have in today’s economy and the role of the University in providing that next generation of entrepreneurs.

Episode 34

Jan. 2016

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. The following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. What’s New in CBE? – Craig Dunn, interim dean of Western’s College of Business and Economics, talks about the new interdisciplinary focus of the curriculum in the college. (1:05)
  2. Spotlight on Scholarship – A Look inside Scholar’s Week, an annual celebration allowing Western students to display and celebrate undergraduate research at Western, from Anthropology to Zoology and everything in between. (5:50)
  3. Time to Shine – Western’s “Gems Night Out” program aims to attract girls in grades 3-8 to explore science and technology with the goal of seeding an appreciation for the disciplines that could result in them focusing on science-related majors in college and careers afterwards. (11:14)
  4. Learning to Clean Up – Students in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment are learning more about toxic contamination in places like the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and how these sites can be cleaned and remediated and the many factors that go into real-life cleanup of toxic sites. (16:19)
  5. Natural Happiness – How important are the outdoors to Western students? Here’s what a few of them had to say as they reflect on how nature impacts their happiness. (23:20)

Episode 33

Dec. 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Al Dowling, a student at Western. The following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Raising The Roof for Students – Vice President for University Advancement Stephanie Bowers sits down to talk about her office and the role they play in raising money for Western and the University’s $60 million Western Stands for Washington capital campaign. (2:13)
  2. Design Around the World - Western Design students were recently given the opportunity to travel around Germany and Switzerland to study design and culture. Watch as students give perspectives on what they learned. (7:29)
  3. Everything Canada - What do you really know about Canada? Come with Western Window as we explore “Everything Canada!” an event held by the Canadian Studies program at Western that helps people learn about our neighbors to the north. (10:53)
  4. E-Bikes at Western - Katherine Frankhauser, a 2003 Western graduate, talks about her company Spark Mobility and its debut of electric bicycles at Western. (17:22)
  5. Love Between the Covers - Pacific Lutheran University Professor Joanna Gregson and Western Professor Jennifer Lois discuss romance novels, the role they play in society, and the sociological elements that take place in the study of the genre. (21:04)

Episode 32

Nov. 2015

This month’s show is a single “Office Hours” segment hosted by Dan Purdy, director of Western’s Front Door to Discovery program.

The Big One: Is a MegaQuake Coming, and How Can We Prepare For It? – Purdy leads a panel of speakers through a topic of imminent concern for most Pacific Northwesterners: we live in an area of high earthquake activity, an area that has seen huge earthquakes in the past that would dwarf anything in recent times. Is the Big One really coming, and if so, how can we prepare for it? Panelists for this discussion are Paul Gazdik, emergency manager for the City of Bellingham; Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, WWU professor of Geology and an expert in seismology, volcanism and plate tectonics; and David Sattler, WWU professor of Psychology, an expert on how populations react to, and rebound from, natural disasters.

Episode 31

Oct. 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Teague Parker, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

  1. Campus Equity and Inclusion Forumem – Western’s Nick Sanchez is leading an effort to shed light on the work being done on campus surrounding diversity, equity and inclusion – making sure everyone gets invited the table to participate in campus life and raise the university’s critical cultural consciousness and create an atmosphere that welcomes and includes all. (1:00)
  2. Wildland Firefighting – These Western students and alumni spend their summers fighting the increasingly destructive cycle of wildfires while at the same time learning how these incidents are a naturally occurring part of the mountain/forest ecosystem. (6:50)
  3. Down the Drain – At the end of the summer of 2015, 85% of the state was classified as being in severe drought conditions, making water conservation even more critical. What can each of us be doing to help? (11:15)
  4. Restoring Habitat, Restoring Health – Salmon are critically important to the ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest; organizations like the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association and faculty like Western’s Jim Helfield are working to bring back healthy populations of native salmon. (14:58)
  5. WWU Ideas on Stage – TedX WWU showcases the work of Western changemakers to the community, the region, and the world. (20:43)

Episode 30

Aug/Sept 2015

This month’s show is a single “Office Hours” segment hosted by Dan Purdy, director of Western’s Front Door to Discovery program.

Community Engagement: How can universities better engage with the people and organizations around them? – Purdy leads a panel of speakers through a discussion of the nature, value, and worth of a how universities can better engage and reach out to their communities. Panelists are Heather Davidson, instructor in Western’s Communication studies department; and Marianne Brudwick, co-chair of the Bellingham Brain Cancer Walk. (28:15)

Episode 29

July 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Anna Magidson, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode

1. Western Expands Downtown– Take a look at Western’s new downtown offices in the Herald building. The new location is designed to bring Western closer to the heart of the city and offer students, alumni, and friends of the university a new place to learn more about what is happening on campus. (1:00)

2. Communicating Without Words – Western alum Ryan Dudenbostel has returned home to become the new leader of Orchestral Studies at WWU. As the orchestra’s conductor, his job has many facets, all communicated to the group through the use of the baton. (5:45)

3. The Sea Around Us – Western Professor Emeritus Bert Webber led the charge to have the area encompassed by the Puget Sound, Strait of Georgia, and Strait of Juan de Fuca collectively named the Salish Sea. It took years of effort, but Webber says the name gives a greater understanding of the ecological and cultural roots of this precious resource. (11:20)

4. Wizards at Western – Chemistry instructor Betsy Raymond and the Western Chemistry Club recently gave a demonstration to local elementary- and middle-schoolers about how matter can change form, much to the delight of the children and parents in the audience. (16:05)

5. Two Days to Paradise– Western’s student-run broadcast studio, KVIK, hosts a two-day film festival each year, challenging students to complete a short feature film in just 48 hours. The films are then shown to a standing-room-only crowd at Bellingham’s Pickford Theater at the end of the festival. (21:47)

Episode 28

June 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Anna Magidson, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

1. Road Trip on Mars – Western’s Melissa Rice is part of the NASA/Jet Propulsion Lab science team that works with the Curiosity rover on the surface of Mars, helping change our knowledge of the Red Planet on a daily basis. The underlying question it is trying to answer: did life ever exist on Mars? (1:06)

2. Engineering a Path to Success – Western students, faculty and staff are working with the “Creators and Innovators” club at Bellingham’s Kulshan Middle School, a group of more than 50 young girls interested in robotics and creative technology. (5:33)

3. Pioneering The Planet – Western’s Huxley College of the Environment’s quarterly magazine, The Planet, began as a small newsletter in 1979 and has grown into a nationally-lauded, award-winning environmental magazine today. (11:00)

4. Understanding Energy – Joel Swisher, the director of Western’s Institute for Energy Studies, discusses the formation of the institute and its collaborative mission between the Huxley College of the Environment, College of Science and Engineering, and College of Business and Economics. (17:45)

5. Catching the Beat– Western’s Music Department’s Percussion Ensemble recently hosted more than 100 high schoolers for a day of master classes and shared sounds, from drum lines to body percussion to marimba. (23:38)

Episode 27

June 2015

This month’s show, in “Table Talk” format, is hosted by Western’s Danica Kilander. The segments are

1. Art Sherwood, director of Western’s IDEA Institute and the David Cole Professor of Entrepreneurship, discusses Western’s focus on innovation and social entrepreneurship in its curriculum and why these are important in higher education today and how these programs can have impact on its students, the community, the environment, and the world.

2. What is Ashoka U, and how is it making a difference? 3,000 of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs in 70 countries help Western and the planet’s 29 other Ashoka campuses share their vision for higher education and how it is the next global driver of positive, innovative social, environmental, and societal change. (starts at 16:09)

3. What is entrepreneurship? Students discuss their common perceptions (and misperceptions) about what entrepreneurship is, and is really about. (starts at 17:57)

4. Western students Ryan Morgan and Brooke Padden talk about their work with the IDEA Institute, their reasons for minoring in entrepreneurship at the University, and how their classes inspire them to make change and grow as people. (starts at 19:27)

Episode 26

April 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Anna Magidson, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

1. Education Outdoors – Students from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment teach local sixth-graders about water quality, stream macro-invertebrates and environmental stewardship at this project at the Bellingham School District’s Gordon Carter Environmental Learning Center near Lake Whatcom (1:00).

2. Going from Good to Best – Western’s Best SELF program aims at providing students, faculty, and staff with the resources and feedback to allow them to grow and thrive with a state of positive wellbeing and self confidence, and to allow the students to leave Western after graduation better prepared mentally and emotionally for the next stage of their lives (5:18).

3. Embracing Technology – The Ninth Annual TechTonic Technology showcase – this year’s theme was “Shake, Make, and Innovate” – brings students, entrepreneurs and community members together to talk about issues surrounding technology and how to best use the latest tools to help innovate and start new ventures (9:36).

4. Chris Isenberg – Isenberg, a Western alumnus, is the Senior VP of Supply Chain and Global Procurement for Halyard Health, a subsidiary of Kimberly Clark. In this segment, he talks about how the supply chain works in getting products from manufacturers to delivery to their customers. He also discusses how his background in then liberal arts at Western grounded him and proved the foundation for his success in the business world (15:34).

5. Dogs in the Library – The WesternCares program helps students during finals to distress and relax, through events as well as pet therapy – in this case, therapy cats and dogs in the library that allow the students, just for a few minutes, to not worry about the tests or papers or presentations in their schedule (22:40).

Episode 25

April 2015

This month’s show is a single “Office Hours” segment hosted by Dan Purdy, director of Western’s Front Door to Discovery program.

What is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? – Purdy leads a panel of three speakers through a discussion of the nature, value, and worth of a traditional liberal-arts education, and how this framework meets the needs and demands of the 21st Century workforce. Panelists are Brent Carbajal, Western’s provost; alumna Jane Cartan of Bellingham’s Saturna Capital; and Ed Love, chair of Western’s Finance and Marketing department.

Episode 24

March 2015

This month’s show is a single “Office Hours” segment hosted by Dan Purdy, director of Western’s Front Door to Discovery program. What is the Value of a Liberal Arts Education? – Purdy leads a panel of three speakers through a discussion of the nature, value, and worth of a traditional liberal-arts education, and how this framework meets the needs and demands of the 21st Century workforce. Panelists are Brent Carbajal, Western’s provost; alumna Jane Cartan of Bellingham’s Saturna Capital; and Ed Love, chair of Western’s Finance and Marketing department. (28:30)

Episode 23

February 2015

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Teena Thach, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode: • Pink Snow – Western Biology faculty Robin Kodner is researching a unique type of algae that lives in snow. How do these colonies of algae that cause huge banks of pink snow in the springtime react to changing conditions, and what can we learn from their DNA? (starts at 1;00) • Zero Waste – Western is known as a very “green” school, with forward-thinking students, faculty and administration that care about sustainability, but the university is still a long way from the goal is becoming a zero-waste institution. Knowledge is the key to taking the next step. (starts at 6:30) • Skullcandy – Western alumnus Hoby Darling made his loves of snowboarding, music and the outdoors and uses them to shape his company, Skullcandy, into one of the industry leaders in headphones and audio technology. (starts at 9:30) • E-ATRC – Western’s Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center is a storehouse of items and information that enhance the lives and boost productivity for people with disabilities. The center provides tools as well as training for members of the local community, as well as grants for families and those in need to help purchase tools to improve their lives. (starts at 15:12) • WWU Sailing Team – Western’s sailing team attends races year-round. The close-knit nature of the team, combined with the strategy and athleticism needed to be successful, drive these Vikings in their push to reach nationals each year. (starts at 21:40)

Episode 22

January 2015

In a departure from the usual format of shorter segments, this month’s Western Window features Western’s Danica Kilander and interviewees in a single longer segment called “Table Talk.” Danica and guests discuss sustainability throughout the Western Campus in regards to water related initiatives such the plastic water-bottle ban. Interviewees include Sara Purington, Shirley Osterhaus, Katie Savinski and Clarissa Mansfield.

Episode 21

December 2014

This month’s episode is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Western senior Teena Thach. The following is the story lineup for this episode: • Middle Women: WWU alumna Rebecca Rivero runs a nonprofit called Middle Women, with a mission to cultivate self-esteem and promote positive body image in men and women. (5:27) • The Impact of Concussions in Youth Sports: Assistant Professor Michael Fraas of Western’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders discusses the implications and consequences of concussions in young athletes (10:31). • NeRDS: NeRDS - Neuroscience research driven students - is a club of Behavioral Neuroscience students at WWU. The story highlights their research and work within the Behavioral Neuroscience program. (6:12) • Make.shift: Make.Shift Art Space is a DIY art and music venue dedicated to innovative, alternative and unusual art and music. Make.shift provides a home for painters, printmakers, photographers, sculptors, musicians, and whoever else needs an affordable place to make a mess and show it off. (3:50)

Episode 20

November 2014

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Teena Thach, a journalism student at Western. • Sea Star Wasting Syndrome – Dr. Benjamin Miner, an associate professor of Biology at Western, talks about his role in the research of the mysterious deaths of sea stars all over the West Coast. (1:07) • Winter Olympics – Michael Bahn, a Western alumnus, talks about his work with the U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Team and trip to Russia for the Winter Olympics after earning his master’s degree in Human Performance and Movement. (6:25) • A Breakthrough in Research – Western graduate student Zachary Thammavongsy explains his team’s discovery on how to break down the harmful greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into a more useful compound, carbon monoxide, using iron. Their discoveries were published in the research journal Inorganic Chemistry. (10:30) • Black Maps – Western’s Gallery presented “Black Maps,” a work of aerial environmental photographs by artist David Maisel. The images show sites throughout the United States that have undergone human-induced trauma to the landscape. (14:55) • A New Landscape – Western’s new Robert S. Harrington field is completed and now home to the men’s and women’s soccer teams as well as club sports and intramurals, thanks to a generous donation from the Harrington family. (20:05) Music "Higher Learning" by Big Sound Music (Google Play • eMusic • iTunes • AmazonMP3) Category Education License Standard YouTube License Autoplay Up Next Western Window episode 19 by Western Washington University 189 views 28:31 Western Window episode 21 by Western Washington University 150 views 28:31 Western Window episode 18 by Western Washington University 67 views 28:31 Western Window episode 17 by Western Washington University 54 views 28:31 Western Washington University - Happy by wwuesc 5,323 views 4:01 WWU RIOT 10/12/13 by Royel 21,763 views 10:03 WWU Campus Tours by You Would! 3,325 views 5:31 Welcome to Western Washington University by Brian Corey 3,828 views 2:22

Episode 19

October 2014

In this special "Office Hours" episode of Western Window, Dan Purdy, director of Western's Front Door to Discovery program, discusses compassion and suffering in the workplace with Joanne DeMark, a leadership development specialist at WWU, and Jason Kanov, a Western professor of management who studies the nature and impact of suffering and compassion in the workplace.

Episode 18

September 2014

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Western’s Danica Kilander. Table Talk – In a departure from the usual format of shorter segments, this month’s Western Window features Western’s Danica Kilander and recent alumnus Mario Orallo-Molinaro in a single longer segment called “Table Talk.” Danica and Mario discuss how Mario’s education at Western set the foundation for his work creating a support system in Bellingham for those affected by suicide and how he is using his innate gifts to help change the lives of others.  

Episode 17

August 2014

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Anna Magidson, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for the episode:Dam Removals-James Helfield, Huxley college professor, discusses the removal of two dams on the Elwha River and Olympic Peninsula. A video created by Western students is shared showing the beginning process of dam removal and reasons the dams need to be removed. Hard Apples-Bobbing for Vodka- The local Bellwood Acres farm staff, owner Dorie Belisle, and Western chemistry graduate students discuss the process of making artisan vodka from apples at Bellwood Acres farm. Celebrating Heritage- The Native American Student Union brings speakers to campus to raise awareness of Native American issues, environmental issues, women’s rights, and “Idle No More”. Topics discussed are climate change, lack of protection of fresh water, racism, sexism, economic inequality, and marginalization of indigenous people. A League of Their Own- The Quidditch team at Western, inspired by J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, is now an official Western club. Adam Seid, president of Western’s Quidditch team, explains the rules of the game.  

Episode 16

July 2014

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Alana Baxter, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for the episode:From Western to “The Voice”- Austin Jenckes, Western alumnus and finalist on the hit television show “The Voice,” graduated from Western in 2010 and moved to Nashville where his music career took off. Jenckes shares his passion for music and living out of a suitcase, along with his plans for the future. Paul’s Strength- Paul Wright, Western alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, overcame obstacles to achieve academic, career, and personal success. Wright has a non-genetic, non-progressive physical disability known as arthrogryposis, characterized by stiff joints and missing muscle. Wright discusses his success and how he is all about proving people wrong and breakings stereotypes. International Women’s Day- Vicki Hsueh, director of women’s studies, discusses the global movement that inspired International Women’s Day, which is a national holiday in other countries. Abigail Borchert, international student advisor, helped organize an International Women’s Day celebration at Western, which helped raise awareness on women’s rights, health, and equality. To Infinity and Beyond- Brad Snowder, planetarium manager, discusses the interest surrounding astronomy and the state of the art new projector at the Dr. Leslie E. Spanel Planetarium on Western’s campus. Western’s President Bruce Shepard explains the importance of the new projector and how it benefits both current and prospective students. A Night at the Opera- Western’s opera studio, chamber orchestra, theater department, dance department, and industry professionals join together to share their artistic expertise and perform a Shakespeare play.  

Episode 15

June 2014

This month’s show is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Clara Lewis, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode: From Bert and Ernie to Luke Skywalker – WWU’s Milton Chen, author of “Education Nation,” has been a leading figure in educational media for more than 40 years, having worked with everyone from Fred Rogers and Sesame Street to George Lucas and Morgan Freeman. His work was formative in proving that broadcast media could be an effective learning tool. (9:25) Survival on Display – Western’s Dave Hooper is researching how the loss of biodiversity is causing as large an impact on the planet’s ecosystems as global warming and pollution; at the same time, Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is working to conserve as many species from extinction as possible. (5:30) A Conversation with Bruce – Student’s from the Western Front, WWU’s student newspaper, sat down with Western’s President, Bruce Shepard, to talk about his recent comments about a lack of diversity on college campuses and what a more diverse student body means for Western’s future. (5:19) We Are Diversity – Western students, faculty and staff held a rally in support of diversity at Western and for mapping out a future for the campus that embraces students, faculty and staff regardless of color, gender, sexual orientation or any other label. (6:10)  

Episode 14

May 2014

In this episode of the Western Window TV show, hosts Chris Roselli and Anna Magidson take a look at the Humans vs. Zombies event at Western, explore the local effects of the tsunami in Japan, discuss the summer programs for youth provided by Extended Education and investigate the Law, Diversity and Justice Program at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.  

Episode 13

April 2014

Episode 13 of Western Window features looks at the Growing Veterans program started by a WWU alumnus, the Major Treble and Undefined a cappella groups on campus, Western students' involvement in pitching business ideas at Startup Weekend, Fairhaven's Raquel Montoya-Lewis on the changing face of justice, and the WWU cross country teams' quest for a title.  

Episode 12

January 2013

This episode features looks at student work across the ocean in Rwanda, down the freeway in Skagit County and at home on campus. Students in Western's Institute for Energy Studies are working to restore local sockeye salmon runs. The student-run Associated Students Recycle Center, founded in 1971, manages all of Western's recycling efforts. Western's KVIK television station produced the university's first lip-dub. And the Center for Service Learning takes students 7,000 miles away to Rwanda to work closely with Rwandans to study sustainable international development.  

Episode 11

November 2013

This episode of Western Window, made by the students of Western Washington University, features an interview with Western alumnus Will Braden, whose video series "Henri, le Chat Noir," has become an Internet sensation. Also included in this episode are a look at service-learning at Western, an interview with professional clown Annette Devick, a feature on students competing in track and field at Western, and more.  

Episode 10

October 2013

 

Episode 9

July 2013

This episode of Western Window, made by the students of Western Washington University, chats with scientist and environmentalist David Suzuki, features Camp Team for folks with developmental disabilities, features the WWU women's rowing team, and more. 

Episode 8

July 2013

This episode of Western Window, made by the students of Western Washington University, looks at a theater program at Western that pairs youth with college students; peeks inside the vaults of WWU's Heritage Resources; talks with folks in the Northwest Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Ethnocide Education; and more. 

Episode 7

July 2013

This episode of Western Window, made by the students of Western Washington University, takes a look at Western's recent ranking as the top college in its class for Peace Corps volunteers, upcycled art from students in Western's Industrial Design Department, alumni making a big name for themselves in the manufacturing world, and more. 

Episode 6

March 2013

This episode of Western Window, made by the students of Western Washington University, takes a look at Western's recent ranking as the top college in its class for Peace Corps volunteers, upcycled art from students in Western's Industrial Design Department, alumni making a big name for themselves in the manufacturing world, and more. 

Episode 5

March 2013

Episode six of Western Window features a master class with Harley Tat, Western alum, published author and Hollywood producer. Also included in the episode is a look at Neuroscience on Tap, a student who has developed a website to empower women and the brand new art gallery in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center on campus. 

Episode 4

March 2013

Episode four of Western Window looks at a project to restore native oysters to Fidalgo Bay. Also included is a look at two Western alumni who created their own skim boarding company and an interview with Brad Johnson, the chair of Western's Physics and Astronomy department, to discuss research in solar technology taking place at Western. 

Episode 3

March 2013

Episode three of Western Window covers the installation and dedication of sculptor Do Ho Suh's "Cause & Effect" sculpture in the Academic Instructional Center. Also included are a look inside the College of Fine and Performing Arts with Dean Dan Guyette and an overview of Western's Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. 

Episode 1

March 2013

Episode one of Western Window features looks at the Vehicle Research Institute's use of biomethane fuel, research into the "inattentional blindness" phenomenon caused by cell phone use, and Western's annual trash fashion show.. 

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