15-16: Advancement and Alumni Development

In honor of Western student Meagan Elizabeth Smith, the Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University recently created the Meagan Elizabeth Smith Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Humanities.

Smith, a Liberal Studies major at Western, was the victim of a…

Western Washington University’s Fraser Lecture Series this month presents “The Big Data Revolution in Human and Environmental Health,” a series of lectures, seminars, workshops, and public panel discussions, both on and off the Bellingham campus.

Big Data is a term for…

The Department of Liberal Studies and the Liberal Studies Leadership Team at Western Washington University are holding a scholarship fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at Aslan Brewery in Bellingham.

The scholarship is in memory of Meagan Elizabeth Smith (1993 - 2015), who…

Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families in one of three winter Commencement ceremonies, and author, scientist and educator Jennifer Hahn spoke in two ceremonies March 19 in Western’s Performing Arts Center…

[ Editor's note: This story first appeared in The Insider, from WWU Advancement. It is republished here with permission. ]

It was an inspiring history professor, Dr. Wil Boyd, at Valparaiso University who encouraged his then-student Tom Roehl to seek out broader horizons, an…

At Michigan State University in the heady days of mid-70s America, Jim Golden, like many other college students, fell for the mesmerizing words of the Beat poets, especially those of Gary Snyder, whose translations of ancient Chinese poetry fired Golden’s imagination. “Snyder brought…

[ Editor's note: This article first appeared in The Insider from WWU Advancement. It is republished here with permission. ]

On October 22, 2015, Western Washington University lost one of its own when Al Froderberg passed away. The Albert J. Froderberg Memorial Scholarship…

Campaign Surpasses $60 million; Celebration Today on Campus

The Western Stands for Washington Campaign, the largest comprehensive campaign in the history of Western Washington University, passed its $60 million goal seven months ahead of schedule – appropriately, on National…

When Communications Professor Karen Stout’s five-year-old daughter, Abigail, died in 2006, Western's Department of Communication Studies established a scholarship in Abigail’s name, a venture that rapidly became a group effort. Karen, her husband, J.B., Karen’s…

When, post-retirement, John and Marcia Harter began to divide their time between Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest, they fell in love with Bellingham. “There’s vibrancy and a sense of possibility here,” notes John. “It feels like you can really do something. It’s a…

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