Catharine R. Stimpson, a graduate of the WWU Campus School and Dean Emerita of New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science, received an honorary doctorate from Western on Saturday before she spoke at one of the four commencement ceremonies over the weekend.
About 1900 undergraduate and 188 master’s students graduated; the other main speakers for the four ceremonies were real estate broker Lydia Bennett, urban project manager Ken Johnsen, and Port Angeles School Board member Bill Kindler.
In a society bombarded with information, Western Washington University Computer Science graduate student Ellyn Ayton of Tacoma is working to detect some of the false information that heads our way by taking a machine-learning approach to identify “fake news” on Twitter.
Jane Goodall, conservationist and world-renowned expert on chimpanzees, will present “Jane Goodall: Tomorrow and Beyond” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Mount Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham.
Goodall is founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her discovery that chimpanzees make a use of tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. She travels the world speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises, and her reasons for hope.
Businessmen Curt O’Connor and Pete Dawson have completed their purchase of the Armory property in Bellingham from the Western Washington University Foundation.
The 1.3-acre property was purchased from the Foundation for $1.5 million and includes the historic, 60,000-square-foot Armory building, and the adjacent annex site.
O’Connor and Dawson, who have been friends since their childhood Armory roller skating days, have brainstormed over the years about the building’s potential.
Noted scholar and author Catharine R. Stimpson, a graduate of the WWU Campus School, will receive an honorary doctorate from Western Washington University and speak to graduates and their families at one of four commencement ceremonies Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16.
Sandra Alfers, professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity has been named the recipient of the 2018 Rep. Timm Ormbsy Award for Faculty Citizenship.
Western Libraries will be open M- F from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed weekends, during Intersession (June 16 - 25). The library will also be open M-F from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed weekends, during Summer Session (June 26 - August 24).
Fly fishing enthusiast and historian Art Lingren will give a talk entitled “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 11 in Special Collections, Wilson Library 6th floor.
The event is free and open to the public.
Jane Goodall, conservationist and world-renowned expert on chimpanzees, will speak at the Mount Baker Theatre in Bellingham at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.
Fairhaven’s Adventure Learning Grants Offer Students a Chance at Experiential Learning Around the Globe
Offering a unique opportunity to Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies students, the Adventure Learning Grant (ALG) provides a $20,000 stipend awarded annually to three adventurous students looking to close their textbooks and experience alternative lifestyles and cultures around the world.
Junior Clare Casey of Ellensburg was introduced to the Adventure Learning Grants as an incoming Fairhaven student. She was awarded the grant this year to travel to the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia beginning in mid-September.
The recipient of Western Washington University’s 2018 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, David J. Trimbach, will give a talk at WWU entitled “Place Matters: Understanding Sense of Place for Communities, Policy, and Planning” from noon-1 p.m. on Thursday, June 28 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Western's Small Business Development Center Advisors Recognized for Economic Impact Results for 2017
Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) team of advisors were recently recognized for the economic impacts they helped their clients achieve in 2017.
CJ Seitz, Sherri Daymon and Eric Grimstead each achieved the SBDC’s $1 Million Dollar Club. This award is given to Certified Business Advisors who help their clients achieve over $1 million dollars of capital formation and investment into the business communities they serve. The WWU SBDC team helped clients generate over $6.9 million dollars of capital impacts in 2017.
On Monday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the PAC Concert Hall, the WWU Symphony Orchestra will showcase the three winners of our annual concerto competition—clarinetist Wayra Quinchiguango, tenor Jacob Bernado, and pianist Sarah Potocki—performing works by Stamitz, Duparc, and Gershwin.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Edward Yang’s Yi Yi, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).
Western Washington University’s Sustainable Communities Partnership (SCP) will celebrate the successful completion of its second year working with regional communities at a year-end event on Monday, June 4.
This academic year, SCP partnered with Skagit County on eight projects, all of which were designed to contribute to a more thriving county. These projects have engaged eight faculty and 73 students, in close to 7,000 hours of work. The following projects will be highlighted in presentations this coming Monday.
Students in the Design 481 Workshop just finished up their collaboration with illustrator Marisol Ortega to paint and install a mural along the new Aeration Stabilization Basin Trail at Squalicum Harbor.
Join us for a Burger Bash at the Filling Station in support of National Aphasia Awareness Month!
Western Washington University and Alexander Street, an online music provider, will provide unlimited remote access to millions of tracks of music and video dance tutorials online starting July 1.
Candy Castellanos will speak about King County’s Strategic Climate Action Plan as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 31 in Academic Center West room AW-204 on the Western Washington University campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
Western Washington University Professor of English Laura Laffrado has successfully completed her campaign to raise funds for a bronze bust of celebrated Pacific Northwest author, Ella Rhoads Higginson.