Faculty and Staff Profiles

Regina Barber DeGraaff (center) and co-host Jordan Baker (right) interview Kevin Covey, an astrophysicist and assistant professor at Western, for their talk radio show "Spark Science." Photo courtesy of Regina Barber DeGraaff.

Western Washington University's Regina Barber DeGraaff never really thought about hosting her own radio show, but her curiosity in science and her desire to make the subject more accessible to all helped influence her decision to start the show “Spark Science.”

Anna Carey, director of New Student Services/ Family Outreach, is retiring from Western this month. Photo by Sayaka Iida / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

[ Editor's note: An earlier version of this story showed an incorrect retirement date for Anna Carey. She is retiring Sept. 1. Also, she is involved in the Western Reads program, not Western LEADS. We apologize for these mistakes. ]

Anna Carey has helped provide a variety of programs for new students and families at Western Washington University for about 25 years.

Carey, director of New Student Services/ Family Outreach, is retiring from Western on Sept. 1.

When asked his legacy from 29 years of working at Western Washington University, Bill Managan, assistant director of operations for facilities management, simply smiles. “Trashcans,” he says.

Korry Harvey has contributed to raise awareness about the issues of racism and discrimination for many years in the Pacific Northwest.

“We need a broader understanding of what diversity, inclusion, and equity are,” he said. “It’s about understanding power and privilege, and recognizing that differences are not only OK, but that differences should be celebrated.”

Cat Armstrong Soule, an assistant professor of marketing at Western Washington University, wants to have a hand in changing the way people view marketing and consumption. Since getting her doctorate from the University of Oregon this past June, she has been teaching marketing classes at Western with multiple goals in mind. Not only does she want add important knowledge and value to students’ lives, she says, but she wants to encourage change and responsible consumption decisions in her students.

How did poets from centuries ago see their environment? And, more importantly, what did they think about the interactions between people and the earth?

Western Washington University Professor of English Ning Yu sought to answer those questions in his new book, “Borrowed from the Great Lump of the Earth: An American Ecocritic’s Translation of Tang Poems,” published by Shanghai Press of the Classics. The book is a compilation of translated Tang poems with environmental themes.

Clark recording the University Police for a campus safety video. From left to right are Sgt. Bianca Smith, Chief Darin Rasmussen, Assistant Chief Donnell Tanksley and Clark. Courtesy photo by David Sattler
Clark on a visit to the pyramids in Egypt. Courtesy photo

Name? Robert B. Clark

What is your job? Manager of Digital Video Services in ATUS

Yang. Courtesy photo

Name? Xiaoniu Yang

What is your job here at Western? “So, my title is pretty long. It's student services and social media advisor in Extended Education Language and Culture Programs.”

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In recognition of Debnath Mookherjee’s dedication to teaching and mentoring, alumni are working with the Western Foundation to establish a fund in his honor. Each year, an award will be given to a Huxley College professor who best embodies the excellence in teaching that Mookherjee has demonstrated over the course of his remarkable career.

Jerry Flora, seen here in 1967, served as WWU president from '67 to '75. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections
Flora was well-known in the Bellingham community for his children’s television series, “Tide Pool Critters,” which aired locally on KVOS. This 1980 photo appears to be from a taping of the show. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.
President Flora and his wife, Rosemary, chat at an event in 1967. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.
A WWU student in 1968 reads the issue of The Western Front announcing Flora as Western's new president. Photo courtesy of WWU Special Collections.
Flora is seen on the steps of Old Main in this photo from September 1970. Photo courtesy of WWU Communications and Marketing
Flora is seen on the steps of Old Main in this photo from September 1970. Photo courtesy of WWU Communications and Marketing
In recent years, Flora was a regular attendee of WWU's opening convocation ceremonies. This photo, from President Shepard's Twitter account, shows Shepard with Flora and Western Foundation Board President Jerry Thon on Sept. 20, 2012.

Western Washington University President Emeritus Charles J. (“Jerry”) Flora has passed away. He was 85.

Flora served as Western’s eighth president, from 1967 to 1975. During his tenure, Western’s enrollment grew from 6,240 to 10,000, and four colleges -- Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Huxley College of the Environment, the College of Business and Economics and the College of Fine and Performing Arts -- were established.

It was a tumultuous period, both at Western and throughout the nation.