Campus News

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 11:09am

Sehome High School, located across the street from Western's Buchanan Towers and Birnam Wood residence facilities, entered lockdown this morning after a false call of an active shooter was placed and received by the school. Similar false-alarm calls were also placed to Blaine and Mount Vernon high schools this morning. Police responded, the school was searched, and the lockdown ended shortly…

Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 8:57am

The PEBB Program’s annual open enrollment (Nov. 1 - 30) is a good time to check your beneficiary information for your PEBB life insurance and health savings account (HSA) if you have one. Not only is it important to make sure you have the right person (or people) listed, but that all contact information is up to date.

It’s also a good idea to check your beneficiaries for any other…

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 12:27pm

Dear Western Community,

Following our Western Alert this weekend, we wanted to share more information and some updates.

On Saturday, students in three courses received a racist email encouraging violence against Black students. The message is deeply offensive and strikes at the heart of our values and community. Police and Information Technology are investigating how and by…

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 12:06pm

As part of its regular review of library materials, Western Libraries will hold a university-wide review of items that have been identified for withdrawal from the library collection over the past quarter. These resources are being withdrawn because they are duplicated, superseded, or outdated. All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to review and provide feedback regarding the withdrawn…

Drone shot of the campus at night, looking south from above Edens Hall

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 11:57am

The Facility Development and Operations Department will be kicking off a project to install Dark Sky compliant light fixtures throughout the perimeter areas of campus in the next several weeks. This project will upgrade these areas to International Dark Skies protocols to reduce the impacts that light pollution has on animals that navigate at night. The new fixtures also use significantly less…

Children's and Young Adult book sale set for December 1 and 2

Monday, November 21, 2022 - 11:42am

Mark your calendars!

The Annual Children's and Young Adult Book Sale is taking place Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room (MPR). 

All new books, same low prices:

$2 Paperbacks

$5 Hard Cover

Proceeds support Children's Literature Conference student scholarships.


Monday, November 21, 2022 - 10:56am

Western's ADEI Unit is aware of the reprehensible racist message described in the Western alert Saturday night, the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs, and the threat to synagogues in the New York area. We are holding community spaces for students to be together on Monday, Nov. 21 in the Multicultural Center from 11 1 p.m. and in the Black Student Coalition from 1-3 p.m.

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:03am

Human Resources Benefits will be holding two drop-in times on the following dates to assist employees with filling out forms, help navigating the PEBB website, and answering questions. If you need assistance, please visit us in Humanities room 242 (computer lab) on the following dates and times.

November 22, 2-3 p.m.

November 28, 11 noon

Please remember that open…

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:00am

A consumer-directed health plan (CDHP) is a high-deductible health plan with a health savings account (HSA). CDHPs offer lower monthly premiums, a higher annual deductible, and a higher annual out-of-pocket limit than most medical plans. Kaiser Permanente Washington and Uniform Medical Plan (UMP) offer CDHPs.

The HSA is a tax-exempt account anyone can deposit funds into on your behalf…

Friday, November 18, 2022 - 8:53am

The Student Technology Fee (STF) Committee is accepting Tech Initiatives abstracts for the current academic year. All Western employees and students may apply.

Abstracts from employees are due Jan. 13. The Abstract Form is on the STF website (

Tech Initiatives make up 12.43 percent of the Student Technology Fee. In addition, the Tech Initiatives did…