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Third Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU Coming Sept. 26

14 hours 43 min ago

Western Washington University, in partnership with the City of Bellingham, will host the Third Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

This year, the Western Washington University Alumni Association has donated an additional $40,000 in energy-efficient LED lights, bringing the total to more than 250 illuminated trees donated for downtown (more than 2600 strands of lights.)

Photo Gallery: Summer Commencement

August 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

About 445 undergraduate and 35 master’s students graduated from Western Saturday in summer quarter commencement ceremonies in Carvery Gymnasium.

Western Washington University alumnus Brett Jordan, manager of Internal Audit at Russell Investments in Seattle, addressed graduates and their families. The student speaker was Rebekah Way, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in journalism with a news editorial emphasis, and a minor in music.  

Western’s Babafemi Akinrinade Researching Genocidal Atrocities Across Africa

August 24, 2018 - 11:27am

Genocide is nothing new.

The atrocities of murdering and displacing entire groups of people based on their ethnicity, nationality or religion has been a festering scar on humanity for thousands of years. It wasn’t until after the Holocaust that the international community, as a group, began to seek trials and punish those involved in committing such abhorrent crimes against humanity.

Fairhaven’s Hilary Schwandt returns from research trip to Rwanda

August 16, 2018 - 9:33am

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt returned from Rwanda at the end of July after a month of researching the country’s impressive family planning program.

The purpose of her trip was to analyze, recognize and share Rwanda’s successful program in the hopes that other nations could follow on its success as well.

The research was conducted in three parts to give a full understanding of Rwanda's programs; the first trip was last summer, followed by the second trip in February, and finishing with the most recent trip this summer.

'Once There Were Thousands:' WWU's John Bower researching the declining numbers of Salish Sea marine birds

August 6, 2018 - 9:01am

Once there were thousands, now there are hundreds.

The number of marine birds in Salish Sea have been greatly reduced over recent decades, according to research by John Bower, a professor at Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Bower’s research reveals an alarming drop in many seabird populations; since 1979, 25 out of the 37 species he surveyed have shown population declines. Out of those 25 species, 12 of them lost more than 60 percent of their populations between 1979 and 2005.

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

June 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

June 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.

Full-length video links for each of the ceremonies:

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

June 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.

Fairhaven’s Adventure Learning Grants Offer Students a Chance at Experiential Learning Around the Globe

June 7, 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 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.