January 2019

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WWU student Ariana Ernotte of Mukilteo stands on the Great Wall during her study abroad experience in an intensive Mandarin language program in China. Ernotte is double-majoring in linguistics and communication science and disorders and is applying to graduate school in audiology.

Important Dates

Finnbogi Pétursson's "Infra-Supra 2019" at the Western Gallery: Wednesday, Jan. 16 to Saturday, March 16

Roberto Plano, Sanford-Hill Piano Series: Friday, Jan. 18

Martin Luther King Day, university closed: Monday, Jan. 21

Free community breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Day: Monday, Jan. 21

How to Navigate the Go Abroad Fair: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Passport Party: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Off Campus Living's Roommate Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 23

Go Abroad Fair: Thursday, Jan. 24

BFA Dance Program's "Winter Dances 2019": Thursday, Jan. 24 to Sunday, Jan. 27

LGBTQ+ Western's "Understanding and Respecting Personal Pronouns": Wednesday, Jan. 30

College to Career Workshop: Thursday, Jan. 31

FAFSA 2019-20 Priority Filing Deadline: Thursday, Jan. 31

Applications open for on-campus housing renewal: Friday, Feb. 1

Off Campus Living's Housing and Hashbrowns: Saturday, Feb. 2

Last day to apply to attend winter quarter commencement: Tuesday, Feb. 5

LGBTQ+ Western's" LGBTQ+ 101": Tuesday, Feb. 5

Drop-In Resume Clinic: Tuesday, Feb. 5

Winter Career Fair Featuring STEM: Thursday, Feb. 7

Huxley Environmental Career and Internship Fair: Thursday, Feb. 7

CFPA presents "The Imaginary Invalid": Thursday, Feb. 7 to Saturday, Feb. 16

WWU Men’s Basketball vs CWU Alumni Party: Thursday, Feb. 7

Drop-In Resume Clinic: Wednesday, Feb. 13

Drop-In Advising Lab: Thursday, Feb. 21

Education and Health Career Fair: Friday, Feb. 22

Drop-In Advising Lab: Tuesday, Feb. 26

Choosing a Major Workshop: Thursday, Feb. 28

Drop-In Advising Lab: Monday, March 4

WWU Vikings at the Nordic Museum: Thursday, March 21

Add WWU events, dates and deadlines to your own calendar: Event listings in Western's online calendar offer an "Add to my calendar" feature to download the event information in an .ics file, which works with most standard calendar apps. Open the .ics file and the event will automatically be added to your calendar on your phone or computer desktop.

The possibilities are global at the Go Abroad Fair

WWU Student Nicole Crook of Renton joined her classmates on a field trip to the Sahara Desert while studying abroad in Morocco with a Gilman Scholarship. Crook is majoring in international business with a minor in Arabic and Islamic studies.

The Go Abroad Fair

Thursday, Jan. 24
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wade King Student Recreation Center MAC Gym
Click here for more info.

Is your student dreaming about studying, interning, volunteering, or teaching abroad? Do they want to get involved with Western’s international community? The annual Go Abroad Fair is their chance to meet with representatives from several organizations at one event to learn about exciting global opportunities. Cosponsored by WWU Education Abroad and the Career Services Center.

The day before, students can prepare for the Go Abroad Fair and get insider tips at the How to Navigate the Go Abroad Fair workshop on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 4 p.m. in Miller Hall 258.

If your student doesn't have a passport yet, they can attend the annual Passport Party for a chance to win the cost of their passport. The Passport Party is Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 5 p.m. in the Edens Hall Western Card Office.

Students can apply soon for on-campus housing renewal

Does your student currently live on campus and wish to renew their housing? Applications are open from Feb. 1 -15. Find out more information about the housing renewal process here.

Events and resources for students moving off campus

Western’s Office of Off Campus Living, created to support and educate students living or preparing to move off campus, offers students three events this quarter:

Roommate Roundup Jan. 23 from 4-5:30 p.m. in Viking Union 565, is a fun and fast-paced event where students have the opportunity to meet other students looking for roommates face to face, ask them important questions about their compatibility and share their interests. The Financial Literacy Group will also be there to answer questions about budgeting and expenses for living off campus.

At Housing and Hashbrowns Saturday, Feb. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon, students will gather in the Wilson Library Reading Room for a crash course in everything they need to know about moving off campus. Students will hear from the Legal Advocates of Washington about what is legal (and not) in a lease and how to get their damage deposit back. The city of Bellingham will be there to talk about local laws, the Rental Registration and Safety Inspection Program and Bellingham’s fair housing rules. Off Campus Living and the AS Legal Info Center will also be there to talk about on campus resources for students.

The Off Campus Living Fair March 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Wilson Library Reading Room, will give students a one-stop-shop opportunity to meet and talk to local landlords and property managers, utility providers and emergency and renter service providers.

Students—and families—can learn more at Western's Off-Campus Living website.

Applications are coming up for many campus leadership jobs

four student helpers with name tags and matching blue shirts on Red Square

Students who help with admissions, orientation, academic and career advising, peer health education, residential life and other important student services are often selected one to two quarters before they begin their jobs so they can complete leadership training.

Many of these jobs accept applications during winter quarter. Now's the time for students to learn more and consider whether they want to apply.

Here's a sampling of campus leadership jobs, with links to more information.

University Residences: Make Western a great place to live by being a part of Residence Life, ResTek, Conference Services and more.

Peer Health Educators: Learn leadership skills and volunteer to promote health literacy.

Orientation Student Advisors and Academic Student Advisors: Help with new student orientation, either by welcoming new students and their families or helping new students with academic advising and registration.

Student Admissions Representatives: Shape Western's future by working with Admissions.

Learn more about student jobs at University Residences

University Residences is looking for students to work in key support and leadership jobs:

2019 Summer:

2019-20 Resident/Community Advisers

Does your student want to learn more about becoming an RA/CA? There is one more info session, on Thursday, Jan. 17, Buchanan Towers Lounge, 7 p.m.

The application for new Resident/Community Advisers closes on Jan. 22. Find out more information about Resident/Community Advisers here.

All student jobs in University Residences are posted here.

Help is available for students facing academic challenges

They're not alone

According to data available from Western’s Institutional Research Office, after fall 2017 13.6 percent of freshmen and 9.9 percent of new transfer students at Western were put on academic warning.

The first quarter of college can be a significant transition for students. For some, this can result in receiving lower than expected grades in their first quarter, or even being placed on academic warning.

This can be a scary thing for both students and parents. Students whose cumulative grade point average drops below a 2.0, or a C, face academic probation and possibly academic dismissal if their grades don’t improve. The University Catalog provides information about the Scholarship Standards Policy and the Academic Advising Center is available to help students understand their standing and develop a plan for success.

Here are a few recommendations for students who are facing academic challenges:

  • Seek out resources early and do not wait until it is too late in the quarter. Western has many academic success resources including the Tutoring Center, which provides free tutoring in math and science General University Requirement (GUR) courses.
  • Plan to study two hours for every one hour in class. This can be a big adjustment for students, as it is far more studying than they have needed to do in the past.
  • Time management is an essential skill. Use a planner for identifying class and study time and other activities (work, clubs, exercise, etc.). Students find that building structure can help them feel more organized.
  • Attend faculty office hours. Often underutilized, faculty communicate their office hours in the beginning of the quarter and often on the course syllabus. This is an ideal time for students to get to know faculty and ask questions related to the class, major, etc.
  • Seek out advising at least once a quarter. Whether that is going to the Academic Advising Center, Student Outreach Services, academic department, etc. it is essential to seek advising as students move through their educational career at Western. It is never too early to begin course and major planning.

Career Center events this quarter get students ready to launch after graduation

Winter quarter is packed with career and networking events. Be sure to share these events with your students.

College to Career Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 31, 3-4:30 p.m., Haggard Hall 223, more info

  • Gain knowledge of career competencies
  • Learn about networking and how to make professional connections
  • Explore resources to search for jobs and reach out to WWU alums

Drop In Resume Clinic

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 3 to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m. in Haggard Hall 233, more info

Winter Career Fair featuring STEM

Thursday, Feb. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • Opportunities for all students and all majors to find internships and jobs.
  • Featuring a STEM section highlighting opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math.

Huxley Environmental Career & Internship Fair

Feb. 7, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • All majors welcome
  • Explore internships, summer jobs, and career-track positions addressing the challenges of creating a sustainable society.
  • Meet with government agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry representatives

Education & Health Career Fair

Feb. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Student Recreation Center MAC Gym, more info

  • Those interested in careers in the education and health career fields will want to attend
  • Talk with representatives from many Puget Sound area school districts, clinics and hospitals.
  • Learn about opportunities in local education and healthcare organizations and make connections.

Introducing LGBTQ+ Western

Western’s new LGBTQ+ office, LGBTQ+ Western, supports WWU’s diverse LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff by providing resources, advocacy and opportunities for celebration.

This quarter’s events include workshops on personal pronouns and on self-advocacy with health and wellness providers, and a social gathering for LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff.

LGBTQ+ Western’s website includes information about academic opportunities at Western to study LGBTQ+ issues, contact information for social and academic student groups, written learning resources, and information about on and off-campus resources for LGBTQ+ people. Anyone can sign up on the website to receive email updates from LGBTQ+ Western.

To learn more contact L.K. Langley, LGBTQ+ Director, at L.K.Langley@wwu.edu or 360-650-7500.

The Student Rec Center offers lots of options to stay active this winter

Campus Rec Center logo

At the Student Rec Center, there's a chalk board next to our Rock Wall with large bold words: “WHY DO YOU PLAY?” People have written in chalk: “To fight stress,” “To Ski Mt. Baker,” “Prepare to climb Everest,” “Christmas Cookies,” “Why not,” “For my Mommy,” and other reasons.

Just answering the “why” question provides intent, value, and purpose for our actions. And there are a lot of actions for students to choose from at the Rec Center.

Group fitness classes include:

  • Yoga
  • Kickboxing
  • Spinning
  • Zumba

Personal trainers help students meet their own individualized fitness needs.

The climbing wall is another popular activity, where employees supervise and guide safety.

Students who desire competition can participate in intramural and club sports .

Students' personal growth and wellbeing—including social connection, teamwork, leadership, cooperation, mental health, and stress management—is our mission.

Learn more at wp.wwu.edu/campusrec

Support your student—and student activities—with finals week care packages

Every year, the Campus Recreation Department offers finals week care packages for your student at the end of fall and winter quarters. This has been a tradition for 20 years to help sport clubs and intramural sports and our other student programs.

Click here for more information or email us at carepacks@wwu.edu Orders are due Friday, Feb. 15.

AS Outdoor Center gets students in the mountains winter quarter

Excursions provide an opportunity for students to get outside and connect with the local northwest lifestyle, while learning valuable leadership and technical skills. Trips are designed and led by students, for students.

This quarter's trips include backcountry skiing, ice climbing, snow camping, and snow caving. Closer to campus activities include yoga and bike maintenance clinics. Click here to learn more.

Help your student get ahead this summer

Summer Session at Western is a great opportunity for your student to get ahead or stay on track for graduation with accelerated on-campus courses, online courses, field study opportunities and travel programs. Summer courses feature smaller class sizes, allowing your student to have more interaction with their instructors and less competition when registering for popular classes.

You are welcome to join your student, along with Summer Session staff, for free hot cocoa on Friday, Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in Red Square to celebrate summer session courses becoming available on ClassFinder and to learn more about this program.

Click here to explore Summer Session offerings and sign up to receive email reminders to help remind your student of important deadlines.

Thanks, families, for supporting Western!

Thank you so much to the generous families who have made a gift to Western this year. Whether you chose to support the Parents Program or your family’s favorite academic department, club or team at Western, you truly make a difference in the lives of students and provide much needed funding for resources and opportunities that aren’t covered by state and tuition dollars. For example, employer outreach, career fairs, leadership opportunities and visiting speakers would not be possible without your support.

Didn’t get a chance to make a gift yet? There’s still time! You can give online at www.wwu.edu/give or call Angie Vandenhaak at (360) 650-3274 to give or learn more about ways to make an impact.

Isabella Jones, right, is grateful for the services supported by the Parents Fund. She has participated in career fairs, growing her networking skills. Visiting the Tutoring Center and attending campus lectures have allowed Isabella to excel in the classroom and beyond.

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What happens when it snows at Western?

WWU trees and pathways covered with snow

It's time to check the tread on our winter boots and get to know our local bus routes, because Western typically remains open when it snows.

Check out Western's inclement weather page to learn more. And Western's online, interactive campus map includes priority snow removal routes.

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