Campus News

Elizabeth Schermer stands with a cohort of her students on a geology field study in the Mojave Desert on a clear day.

Thursday, August 11, 2022 - 8:28am

The play on words “geology rocks” is old and familiar to many people, but in the eyes of the Geological Society of America, WWU Geology Professor Liz Schermer also rocks. 

The society recently announced Schermer as a Society Fellow, which is a rare honor awarded to people who are excellent in the field and contribute to the GSA through publication and service. 

Schermer has…

A bee rests on the petal of a yellow daffodil on campus.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 - 9:17am

Western Washington University has become an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. WWU joins many other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.

Bee Campus USA provides a framework for communities to work together to conserve native…

Karen Bradley smiles at the camera over a cup of coffee

Monday, August 8, 2022 - 9:23am

Karen Bradley, who began teaching at Western in 1992 and was the longtime chair of the university's Sociology Department as well as one of its first tenured female Sociology professors, passed away on July 29.

Bradley began her academic career as an undergraduate at Providence College, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English. After working for the state of Massachusetts and for…

Thursday, August 4, 2022 - 8:54am

Reminder: The Annual Steam Shutdown begins Monday, Aug. 22 on Western's main campus. Most buildings will be without heat or domestic hot water. The shutdown will last through Labor Day with restart of the system Sept. 6-9.  

Zoe’s at Wilson Library will be the only food venue open during the steam shutdown, with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

If there are other detailed…

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 3:41pm

The Associated Students of Western Washington University is accepting job applications for over 20 available positions. These roles provide flexibility for student schedules, competitive student employee wages, valuable leadership experience, and allow students to make a real impact on campus through the many services and programs the ASWWU offers.

“If you’re passionate about student…

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt smiles outside with greenery in the background.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022 - 12:29pm

With Roe v. Wade overturned by the Supreme Court, uncertainty about abortion access is more prevalent than ever. Although Washington state leaders currently seek to preserve abortion access, there are still many issues to address and the political climate may change. 

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt has been researching reproductive…

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 12:50pm

Professor of Modern and Classical Languages Edward Vajda has co-authored a new Yeniseian dictionary. Vajda, who teaches Russian, linguistics, and Eurasian studies in Western’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Heinrich Werner, the world's foremost expert on Yeniseic (Yeniseian) languages, sought to create a comparative-historical Yeniseian dictionary that is readily accessible to…

Maggie Barklind smiles at a table with flowers and cupcakes.

Friday, July 29, 2022 - 12:42pm

Outreach and Continuing Education's Maggie Barklind will retire on Aug. 26 after a 36-year career at Western.

Barklind started as a student employee in the Testing Center. After graduating from Western, she was working in Alaska when her former supervisor called and asked if she wanted a full-time job. Thinking she’d take it for a year and then move to Seattle, an unexpected but…

Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 11:26am

University Residences is looking for staff volunteers from across campus to help provide an excellent move-in experience for all on campus residents at Western from Sept. 15-18, 2022. Shifts are two hours, and signing up for 1-2 shifts is a huge service to WWU as we welcome thousands of students who live on campus. Find out more about volunteer roles on the University Residences website and…

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 - 11:55am

Western's Institute for Critical Disability Studies will be hosting the second-annual Disability Studies and Action Collaborative UnConference on Oct. 22 and 23 this year. This two-day event will be hosted at Western and will be open to face-to-face and remote digital participation. Please visit the DSAC UnConference webpage to access the full event description and application form. …