College of Business and Economics

Washington state should remedy sales-tax drain from exempt Canadian shoppers

"WHATCOM County officials plan to challenge state government officials' interpretation of existing state law that qualifies British Columbia residents for an exemption from Washington state's sales tax.

At least $3 million and perhaps as much as $5 million in county and city revenues are at stake. Predictions of significant sales increases to B.C. residents, which could partly blunt the impact of the change, are highly overstated. Quick and simple action by the Washington Legislature can pre-empt the impending damage to local governments, which are already reeling from recession-induced revenue declines."

Friday, June 25, 2010 - 9:15am

Bill Warner receives ASQ-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt

Bill Warner (Woodring College of Education) has completed the requirements to be named an American Society for Quality-Certified Six Sigma Green Belt. As such, Warner has reached a significant level of professional recognition, indicating a proficiency in and a comprehension of Six Sigma principles and practices, according to a press release from the society.

Bellingham's relationship with Russian sister city grows as global economy improves

"Bellingham continues to build an economic relationship with one of its oldest sister cities.

Last month John Sands, a business management instructor at Western Washington University, and Dave Malcolm Woods, a counselor for the Bellingham chapter of SCORE, visited Nakhodka, Russia. Both were there to see the opening of a new entrepreneurship center and host a seminar about economic business strategies."

Monday, June 7, 2010 - 9:22am

Innovative Teaching Showcase event features strategies for teaching large classes

Western Washington University’s Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment will host its annual “Innovative Teaching Showcase Learning Event” from Noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in College Hall 310.

The theme of this year's Showcase is “Planning for Large Classes.” On June 1, community members are invited to meet the featured instructors, view videotaped interviews with those instructors and find out more about teaching large classes at Western.

Each spring, the CIIA publishes a new online edition of its “Innovative Teaching Showcase,” detailing innovative teaching practices of several WWU faculty members.

The 2009-10 Showcase features Jason Kanov (Department of Management), who teaches Management 311 with an average class size of 200; David Shull (Department of Environmental Science), who teaches Environmental Science 101 with an average class size of 450; and Larry Symons (Department of Psychology), who teaches Psychology 101 with an average class size of 250.

Jason Kanov sets the stage in his Management 311 class so that the 200 students are not surprised by his high expectations for their performance on essay exams and a team project. He manages to get the class thinking deeply about real-life implications for the material during his “lectures” which are laden with video clips, guests, games, discussions, and other activities.

In Environmental Science 101, David Shull encourages nearly 450 students to research and grapple with controversial environmental issues, get their hands dirty via service learning work, make environmental education videos, and become inspired to take environmental issues seriously and to take action.

Larry Symons hopes to engage his 250 Psychology 101 students by helping them believe that what they are learning is important. He generates this investment via video clips, in-class demonstrations, and low-stakes writing, while making the logistics of a large course more manageable via online information dissemination and exams.

For more information on the 2009-2010 “Innovative Teaching Showcase,” visit or contact Justina Brown at (360) 650-7210 or via e-mail at

Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 9:33am

Trio of Trojan runners hope to lead the pack at NWAACC

"Seth Pierson, Emmanuel Contreras and Drew Larson all followed different paths to Everett Community College, but each was drawn by a love of running and a desire to compete.

And all three freshmen have found success as members of the Everett CC distance track team."

Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 9:02am

2009 was tough for Whatcom County retailers, but 2010 may be better

"The numbers are in, and they prove what people already knew: Many Whatcom County retailers took a shellacking in 2009.

Overall retail sales in Whatcom County totaled $2.86 billion last year, the lowest total since 2005. Retail trade, which focuses on items sold in stores, totaled $1.347 billion, also the lowest annual total in five years. In that time, Whatcom County has added an estimated 12,300 people, and the inflation rate has gone up 9.73 percent."

Monday, May 10, 2010 - 9:41am

Housing and construction economic seminar in Bellingham May 18

"The Building Industry Association of Whatcom County and Northwest Business Monthly will present the Spring 2010 Housing Outlook and Construction Economic Seminar 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 18.

The event will be held at the BIAWC's office at 1650 Baker Creek Place, Bellingham."

Friday, May 7, 2010 - 9:18am

Women offer reflections on motherhood

"In addition to wanting an education and a fulfilling career, some women know they want to be mothers at an early age.

With Mother’s Day approaching May 9, two Snoqualmie Valley women reflected on their paths to motherhood and how it changed their lives.

Before having children, Kelly Kauer, of North Bend, worked at Microsoft and Julie Anne Madson, of Snoqualmie, taught elementary school."

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 10:35am
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