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L.K. Langley Hired as Western’s Inaugural LGBTQ+ Director

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 12:53pm

L.K. Langley will serve as Western’s inaugural LGBTQ+ director, Melynda Huskey, vice president for WWU Enrollment and Student Services, announced today.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of L. K. Langley as Western’s inaugural LGBTQ+ director. Langley is well-known to the Western community, having served for six years in Western’s Equal Opportunity office,” Huskey said.

Western’s Weekend MBA Program to Begin Annual Cohorts in January

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 9:08am

For over nine years Western Washington University’s MBA Program has been operating in Snohomish County, having served four cohorts in a program that begins every two years. In January 2019 the program will be expanding to include an every-year start option for interested students.

Social change TED-style talks to be presented by College Quest students on Friday

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 9:21am

Western’s campus is once again coming alive this summer with the excitement of high school students.

Come and check out the fun from 1:30-3 p.m. on Friday, June 29, with Tara Perry and her Communications 197 class at the Underground Coffeehouse in the Viking Union.

Sulkin Gift Benefits Middle Schoolers in Summer Science Program at WWU

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 8:48am

A group of 20 to 25 middle school students will be the first class to take a new Western Washington University Youth Programs course this summer, thanks to the generosity of Shelley and Steve Sulkin of Bellingham.

WWU researchers lead international team to develop 3-D map of Orion

Tue, 06/26/2018 - 9:52am


An international team of researchers from Western Washington University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico (UNAM) and various other institutions in Chile, Spain and the U.S. have teamed up to create a very detailed model of the Orion Star Forming Complex.

The results of this work are reported in a paper soon to be published in the Astronomical Journal, which describes in detail how the team used data from multiple observatories to understand the makeup of the Orion complex and how objects within it move.

Seven WWU Graduates Receive Presidential Scholar Honors

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 4:33pm

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa honored seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 16.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Randhawa presented each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:

WWU Give Day Nets More Than $600,000 from Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Students and Community Members

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 3:39pm

WWU’s Third Annual ‘Give Day’ on June 1 brought in more than $600,000 in much needed resources for student scholarships, research, travel, equipment and much more.

 More than 1700 donors made 3,854 gifts totaling $641,751, including $181,750 in matching funds. This represents a 21 percent increase in the number of donors over last year’s Give Day and an 18 percent increase in Give Day gifts.

WWU Give Day is a one-day, 24-hour online donation event put on annually by the Western Foundation in partnership with departments and programs and was started in 2016.

More than 2,000 new graduates exit Carver with degrees over the weekend

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 1:00pm

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.

WWU Grad Student Ellyn Ayton Using Machine Learning to Detect Fake News on Twitter

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:42am

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 tickets go on sale Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m.

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 3:00pm

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.

WWU Foundation Announces Sale of Armory Building

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 9:55am

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.

WWU Spring Quarter Commencement Set for June 15 and 16 in Carver

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 2:32pm

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.

Western's Sandra Alfers honored with statewide faculty citizenship award

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 9:18am

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.

Library Intersession & Summer Session Hours

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:52pm

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).

Art Lingren to Present “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” July 11 at WWU

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:50pm

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 to Speak at Mount Baker Theatre Oct. 8; Tickets Go on Sale in Late June

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 10:29am

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

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:27am


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.

Oregon State's David J. Trimbach to Present 'Place Matters' June 28

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:02am

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

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:44am

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.

WWU Symphony to showcase talent with free concert

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:12pm

WWU symphony concert June 4On 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.