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On the Tragic Racist Violence in New Zealand

March 15, 2019 - 11:59am

Dear Campus Community:

I am certain that I speak for all of us in condemning the horrific and heartbreaking terrorist violence perpetrated against Muslim worshippers in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  This beautiful and peaceful country now joins scores of other countries, including our own, where terror attacks have targeted Muslims in their place of worship.  There can be no place in our societies for vile ideologies that incite hatred and fear. 

WWU to Host a Reading by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian March 7

February 28, 2019 - 11:48am

WWU's English Department, Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, the Program in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences will host a reading by by Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, in Fine Arts 238.

The event is free and open to the public.

WWU Ranked Third Nationally in Number of Student Fulbright Scholars

February 25, 2019 - 9:54am

Western Washington University was named a top national producer for Fulbright Scholarship winners in the 2018-2019 school year, according to a just-released ranking from the Chronicle of Higher Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Western produced five Fulbright winners in this same time period, placing it tied for third nationally among masters-granting institutions, and was again ranked highest in the Pacific Northwest.

Retirement celebration Thursday for Larry Estrada, who spent 30 years building courses and programs devoted to diversity and inclusion

February 19, 2019 - 11:53am

When Larry Estrada arrived at Western Washington University in 1989 as assistant vice president for Diversity in the Student Affairs division, the university at that time offered only a very few courses and programs dealing with cultural and ethnic studies.

“There were language, anthropology and sociology courses that looked at some elements (of culture and ethnicity) but not necessarily examining both culture and ethnicity together,” says Estrada, who also served as director of the Multicultural Services Center, a precursor to the Ethnic Student Center.

WWU to host Anne Cubilié for ‘Impossibility of Witness’ March 7

February 6, 2019 - 9:26am

In honor of International Women's Day, Western Washington University’s Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of Holocaust, Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity will host Anne Cubilié for “Impossibility of Witness: Justice, Gender, and Operational Practice” at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 7 in Miller Hall 152.

WWU Seeking a Director of Marine and Coastal Sciences

February 5, 2019 - 11:24am

Jack Herring, Dean of Fairhaven College and chair of the Director for Marine and Coastal Sciences Search Committee, is pleased to provide the following information about search activities to date:

The search committee has finalized the position announcement and has published it in a variety of national publication outlets.  The announcement includes a link to the complete job posting.  Applicant screening begins March 4. 

WWU unveils new ‘Make Waves’ brand campaign

January 25, 2019 - 10:57am

Western Washington University is embarking on a new brand campaign, called “Make Waves,” which launched on Jan. 22 with billboards, print and digital media concentrated in the Seattle metro area.

WWU’s Fairhaven College Announces Winter World Issues Forum Slate

January 23, 2019 - 11:11am

Winter quarter’s World Issues Forum lecture series, held by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will expand upon global ideas of the influence of media and film, modern poetry, gender, globalization, migration, climate change and the growing refugee crisis.

Open to the public, these forums are free and feature renowned poets, authors and researchers. The forums will be held Jan. 16 to March 6, every other Wednesday from 4 to 5:20 p.m. in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.


Marine Ecologist and Educator Elin Kelsey to be on campus Jan. 24-25 for presentations and workshops

January 16, 2019 - 9:22am

Elin Kelsey will visit WWU on Jan. 24-25 to share her work on environmental hope.

The Collins Family: A dedication to community service and and a lifelong passion for education

January 10, 2019 - 10:02am

Over the last 30 years, the Collins family has collected college degrees the way some people collect postage stamps or rare coins.

The family of four has racked up nine degrees in total including two doctorates; seven of the degrees are from Western. Today, three members of the family also have careers at Western. While their long list of academic and professional accomplishments are undoubtedly impressive, the Collinses aren’t in it for the accolades; instead, they say they strive each day to serve as a success story for other families of color.

Western Reads looking for recommendations for next year's selection by Jan. 16

January 7, 2019 - 1:28pm

Western Reads would like to invite members of the campus community to recommend texts for next year's Western Reads selection by Wednesday, Jan. 16!

Final Call for Honors Seminar Proposals

January 7, 2019 - 11:38am

The Honors Program invites proposals for not fewer than 18 seminars to be offered during the 2019-2020 academic year. Honors Seminars are junior/senior-level courses and may be on any subject; interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. Seminars are small, highly interactive, with a limit of 15 students, focusing on discussion, paper writing, problem solving, or group projects. ­Unfortunately, the program cannot accept proposals for team-taught classes.

Western Washington University to Hold Fall Commencement Dec. 15

December 10, 2018 - 4:46pm

BELLINGHAM – Alaska attorney Mark Choate, a Western Washington University alumnus, will address WWU graduates and their families at the fall commencement ceremony Dec. 15 at 9:45 a.m. in Carver Gymnasium.

About 758 undergraduate and 32 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western fall quarter. There will be one ceremony for all graduates and each graduate will receive four tickets for guests. Overflow seating will be available on campus.

Huxley Speaker Series to host cultural geographer and WWU alumna Carolyn Finney Dec. 6

December 4, 2018 - 9:59am

The Huxley Speaker Series will host a lecture by cultural geographer, performer, and author Carolyn Finney at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 in Arntzen Hall 100, when she will present "Ten Thousand Recollections: Black Faces, White Spaces & the Possibility of US."