Campus News

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:53am

Did you know almost half of home fires involve cooking equipment, with unattended cooking the leading cause. At Western, burnt food was the leading cause of fire alarms on campus in 2022. So…

Stay in the kitchen when cooking Keep anything that can catch fire at least 3 feet away from the stovetop
Myrl Beck smiles at the camera from his deck; behind him are the house-covered hills of Bellingham and blue sky and clouds

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 9:14am

Myrl Beck, Jr., professor emeritus of Geology at Western Washington University, passed away at age 89 on Jan. 4, in Bellingham.

Myrl attended Caltech from 1951-1952, then attended Stanford from 1952-1955, intending to be a lawyer.  He was accepted to law school at Stanford but changed his mind and ultimately graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics.  On graduation day in 1955 he…

Collage of images celebrating Western's women's soccer team and its national championship

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 11:37am

A celebration for the 2022 Western Washington University National Champion Women’s Soccer Team will be held during the Thursday, Jan. 26 men’s basketball game in Carver Gym.

WWU students, faculty and staff will be offered free admission to recognize and celebrate WWU’s 12th and latest team national champion. The Vikings captured the 2022 NCAA Division II National Championship with a 2-…

Poster for "Libations with a Linguist" on Feb. 2
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Virginia Dawson smiles at the camera; behind her is the greenery and trees of a park on a sunny fall day

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 11:16am

The Department of Linguistics is pleased to announce it is resuming “Libations with a Linguist.” Faculty from Western’s Linguistics Department organize these community round-table discussions once a quarter.  These talks are free and open to the public of all ages.

Our next "Libations With a Linguist" event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2from 6-8 p.m. at Ponderosa, located at 1225…

Nora Selander looks at the camera and smiles in this professional portrait; behind her is a white background

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 11:09am

WWU alumna Nora Selander has been hired as the new director of Government Relations at Western Washington University.

Selander replaces Becca Kenna-Schenk, who became the Chief of Staff to WWU President Sabah Randhawa last fall.

“This university is an incredibly special place, and I’m honored to return to WWU in this role,” Selander said.

Prior to coming to Western,…

Poet Paul Ceballos looks at the camera; the landscape behind him is hilly and arid

Tuesday, January 24, 2023 - 9:50am

WWU will host poet Paul Hlava Ceballos to campus for a public performance at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., in Carver 104. This event is free and open to the entire campus community.

Ceballos' award-winning new book, banana [], out of the University of Pittsburgh Press, is steeped in research and history. banana [ ] reveals the extractive relationship the United States has with…

Sonja Sather smiles at the camera
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Emily Weiner smiles at the camera

Monday, January 23, 2023 - 12:04pm

University Advancement at WWU has announced pair of important and well-deserved upcoming retirements in Sonja Sather and Emily Weiner.

Sonja Sather has been a dedicated Western administrator, a foundational scholarship staff member, and a critical member of the development team. She began her career at Western in 1978 as an administrative assistant to President Paul Olscamp and served…

Monday, January 23, 2023 - 10:12am

Pursuant to the attached Presidential Proclamation, Governor Inslee hereby directs that Washington State and United States flags at all state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff immediately, in honor and remembrance of the victims who tragically lost their lives on Jan. 21 in Monterey Park, California.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business or sunset on…

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 12:02pm

WWU faculty, staff, alumni, and students are encouraged to nominate colleagues for the following awards that will be accepting nominations through Feb. 10:

Equity & Inclusion Achievement Award Outstanding Classified Staff Award Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award Philip E. Sharpe, Jr. Community Engagement Award President's Exceptional Effort Awards (8) Professional Staff Award for…

Friday, January 20, 2023 - 10:07am

Human Resources at Western Washington University has updated the list of employees who are in need of, and eligible to, receive shared leave in accordance with the Requesting and Donating Shared Leave policy (POL-U5410.06).

The following employee is eligible to receive shared leave donations:

Eric Mastor


The following leave may be donated:  Any amount of vacation that…