General Stories

Published Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:23pm

From a young age, many children dream of what they want to be when they grow up. While some hope to become firefighters or teachers, Western’s Michelle Stranges knew from a young age that she was meant to be a piano tuner.   

Forty years later, Stranges is Western’s first full-time piano technician, caring for each and every one of the university’s 85 pianos and four harpsichords.

“I’m an ambassador for the instruments, even a doctor, so to speak,” Stranges said. “I maintain their health and fix them when they’re broken.”

Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 11:28am

A mysterious disease has infiltrated the waters of the West Coast, leaving hundreds of once-healthy sea star colonies dead in its wake. For several years, researchers worked tirelessly to identify the cause, to no avail.

WWU graduate school alumna Chelsea Hutchinson, native of the Tri-Cities, may have gotten us one step closer to understanding the epidemic. Hutchinson recently defended her thesis regarding a potential link between the disease and bacteria.  

Published Friday, November 2, 2018 - 11:31am

There comes a time in the life of every young coastal rainbow trout when a combination of factors – genetic makeup, water conditions, its current health and size, and more – cause it to ask itself one very important question: To go to sea, or not go to sea?

Those that opt to leave the river systems of the West and head out into the ocean (their freshwater brethren remain blissfully ignorant of all this drama) become steelhead, with their time in the Pacific spent becoming a jumbo-sized rainbow that weighs 4 to 5 times that of its river- and lake-dwelling kin.

Published Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 10:45am

WWU Biology graduate student Megan Russell of Duvall was this past summer named only the third Western student to become a fellow at the Northwest Climate Adaptation Center, a research consortium made up of federal agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, colleges and universities such as WWU, University of Washington and Washington State, and the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians. The center is based at the UW in Seattle.

Published Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 9:56am

Western Washington University will launch one of the first residence hall compost programs in the country in the first week of November.

Lidded and ventilated compost buckets will arrive to every residence hall room across campus. In future quarters, all residence hall rooms will have the bins as standard furnishing. Each bin comes with an instructional sticker, providing students with guidelines to successfully compost their organic waste. Residents will receive a roll of compostable bags that will last through the quarter.

Published Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 10:35am

Christina Keppie has been named director of the Canadian-American Studies program at Western Washington University.

Keppie has been an associate professor of French and Linguistics in Western’s Modern and Classical Languages department since 2008. She is the first Canadian-American Studies director with a background in French studies. She succeeds director David Rossiter, who will return to his faculty position in Western’s Department of Environmental Studies.

Published Monday, October 22, 2018 - 9:51am

8Mix IT Up: Intersections Between the Arts and Sciences is the 6th annual event focused on celebrating science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Western Washington University. Each year has a new theme with a base goal of showing the world that anyone can enjoy STEM and the people who are part of the STEM community are diverse and multifaceted.

Thursday, Nov. 8 - MAC GYM


The Schedule for the Event will be:

5 p.m.: Doors Open & Food will be available

Published Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 11:13am

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host the annual Munro Seminar on Oct. 23 and 24; this year’s theme is former Washington Secretary of State, WWU alumnus and former WWU trustee Ralph Munro’s legacy in international affairs.

Programs will highlight Munro’s role in stimulating trade between Washington and the Far East, and his humanitarian work in East Africa.

The keynote speaker will be David Bachman, professor of Political Science at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.

Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018 - 2:20pm

About 1,100 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties will be visiting Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicks off the 10th year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as lifelong learners.