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Geology to Host UW's Jonathan Toner Oct. 30

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:54am

WWU's Geology Department host University of Washingotn Associate Professor of Earth and Space Sciences Jonathan Toner for "Understanding How Water Could Form on Mars Based on Field Studies in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica" from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in CF - 115.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

WWU to Host PACCAR Career Day Nov. 8

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:41am

Students are invited to participate in the second annual PACCAR Career Day at Western Washington University on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018. Several representatives from multiple divisions at PACCAR will be on campus throughout the day, offering opportunities to learn about the company. PACCAR will also be parking one of its trucks on the Communication Lawn for the day.

Western's Carol Guess and Elizabeth Colen Collaborate on New Collection of Short Stories

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:32am


Western Washington University English faculty members Carol Guess and Elizabeth Colen’s new collection of short stories, “True Ash,” was recently published by Black Lawrence Press.

WWU Students, Local Teachers Team Up to Teach English in Rural Taiwan

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 10:26am


Western’s Woodring College of Education is in its fourth year participating in the Cloud Project, a collaboration between the university’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program and the National Taiwan Normal University. Any student can join the TESOL program and apply to be part of the project.

Student-led effort to bring composting to the residence halls starts in November

Thu, 10/25/2018 - 9:56am

Western Washington University will launch one of the first residence hall compost programs in the country in the first week of November.

Lidded and ventilated compost buckets will arrive to every residence hall room across campus. Moving forward, all residence hall rooms will have the buckets as standard furnishing. Each bin comes with an instructional sticker, providing students with guidelines to successfully compost their organic waste. Free biodegradable liners are distributed as needed at the residence hall community front desk.

Author Tim Palmer to Discuss the Wild and Scenic Rivers Program Nov. 1 at WWU

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 2:53pm

Author and photographer Tim Palmer will present “Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy” at 4:30 on Thursday, Nov. 1 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus as part of the Huxley Speaker Series. 

All Huxley Speaker Series events are free and open to the public.

“Wild and Scenic Rivers: An American Legacy,” will discuss the world's premier system for the protection of natural rivers. Palmer’s book examines history and essential policies, while showcasing 160 color photos of designated rivers from across the country.

Canadian-American Studies Program Names New Director

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:35am

Christina Keppie has been named director of the Canadian-American Studies program at Western Washington University.

Keppie has been an associate professor of French and Linguistics in Western’s Modern and Classical Languages department since 2008. She is the first Canadian-American Studies director with a background in French studies. She succeeds director David Rossiter, who will return to his faculty position in Western’s Department of Environmental Studies.

Department of Theatre & Dance produces Bechdel’s award-winning musical ‘Fun Home’

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:06am

The Western Washington University Department of Theatre & Dance is mounting the musical stage adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s award-winning graphic novel ‘Fun Home’ from Nov. 1-4 on the WWU Performing Arts Center Mainstage.

The musical adaption garnered 12 Tony nominations, winning five – including Best Musical. The music was written by Jeanine Tesori (“Shrek the Musical”, “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Caroline or Change”, “Violet”); the book and lyrics are by Lisa Kron. The WWU production is directed by Jim Lortz.

About the play

Industrial Designer Markus Wierzoch coming to campus Oct. 25

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 9:51am

The Western Washington University Department of Design will host Markus Wierzoch of Artefact at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25 in Arntzen Hall 100. Wierzoch leads Artefact’s industrial design practice and directs multidisciplinary design teams through the development of products, experiences, and strategies in the fields of consumer electronics, medical devices, industrial products, and the automotive industry.

WWU’s SBDC to Host Leadership-Development Sessions Nov. 8 and 15

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 3:08pm

Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is bringing a series of Leadership Development Workshops to Bellingham on Nov. 8 and 15; these training programs will give attendees insights on what it takes to become a better supervisor and a great boss.

'Mix It Up' Set for Nov. 8, featuring Sammus

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 9:51am

8Mix IT Up: Intersections Between the Arts and Sciences is the 6th annual event focused on celebrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Western Washington University. Each year has a new theme with a base goal of showing the world that anyone can enjoy STEM and the people who are part of the STEM community are diverse and multifaceted.

Thursday, Nov. 8 - MAC GYM


The Schedule for the Event will be:

5 p.m.: Doors Open & Food will be available

Bellingham climber David Mauro to present 'The 'Why' of Mountain Climbing' Nov. 6 

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 4:40pm

Bellingham resident, climber and author David Mauro will give a talk entitled “The ‘Why’ of Mountain Climbing,” at Western Washington University at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

The event is free and open to the public.

Ella Higginson celebration at Western Libraries set for Nov. 2

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:55am

A special reception to celebrate the installation of a bronze bust honoring celebrated Pacific Northwest author Ella Rhoads Higginson will be held on Friday, Nov.2, from 4-6 p.m. The reception will take place in the Western Libraries Reading Room, (Wilson Library 4th Floor Central) and will include refreshments and live music.

WWU’s Munro Seminar for Civic Education Set for Oct. 23 and 24; keynote to discuss trade with China

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:13am

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host the annual Munro Seminar on Oct. 23 and 24; this year’s theme is former Washington Secretary of State, WWU alumnus and former WWU trustee Ralph Munro’s legacy in international affairs.

Programs will highlight Munro’s role in stimulating trade between Washington and the Far East, and his humanitarian work in East Africa.

The keynote speaker will be David Bachman, professor of Political Science at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

WWU's Douglas Sladen to Discuss Adult Onset Hearing Loss at City Hall Oct. 29

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 11:09am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders Douglas Sladen will present “Adult Onset Hearing Loss: Current Trends and Emerging Technologies” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers as part of the WWU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Dean’s Lecture Series.

All lecture series events are free and open to the public.

Western to host 16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference Feb. 23

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:27am

Western Washington University will host five award-winning children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at Western’s Performing Arts Center as part of Western’s 16th Annual Children’s Literature Conference.

The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up.

WWU Enrollment Shows Record Number of Freshman Students

Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:19am

BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university. And overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.

Compass 2 Campus Brings 1,100 Fifth Graders to WWU Campus Oct. 16

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 2:20pm

About 1,100 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties will be visiting Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicks off the 10th year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as lifelong learners.

Career Services to host annual Health Professional and Grad School Fair Oct. 18

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:34pm

The Career Services Center is hosting its annual Health Professional and Grad School Fair on Thursday, October 18 from 10-2 in the Wade King Rec Center - MAC Gym.  This event is both for students interested in a career in healthcare as well as those looking to explore opportunities and programs for advanced studies in a variety of fields.

Linguistics Program to host Vanderbilt's Reyna Gordon Nov. 5

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 1:18pm

The Linguistics Program, the Behavioral Neuroscience Program, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will host Reyna Gordon, the director of the Vanderbilt University Music Cognition Lab, at 3 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5 in Miller Hall 152. 

The event, titled “Individual differences in language and rhythm skills: a journey from behavior to brain to genetics," is free and open to the public.