General Stories

Published Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 9:52am

About 4 light years away from our planet sits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, and orbiting it is its just-discovered companion, a small Earth-like planet that, for now at least, holds the unassuming name of Proxima b.

At this distance, Proxima b is, in interstellar terms, a next-door neighbor even though a probe such as Voyager, if launched today, would take about 75,000 years to reach it.

Published Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:25pm

WWU President Sabah Randhawa, members of the Board of Trustees, campus administrators and staff toured the Carver Gym site last Thursday, Aug.18, for an update on the construction project. Also note that a new pedestrian detour will be in place in front of the facility through mid-September, routing walkers between the Arts Annex and Fine Arts, and then from there around to Red Square.



Published Monday, August 22, 2016 - 2:01pm

Approximately 365 undergraduates and about 60 master’s candidates received degrees on Saturday at Summer Commencement, the first such ceremony presided over by Western's new president, Sabah Randhawa. 

WWU photos/Dan Levine

Published Monday, August 22, 2016 - 8:30am

Fall marks more than the start of a new academic year; it's time for the Get Your Blue On BBQ! You're invited to join your WWU community on this special Western Wednesday, September 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Old Main Lawn.

Published Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:24am

Western Washington University has created the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and named Sandra Alfers, professor of German in Western’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, its founding director.

The institute is named after retired Western Professor Ray Wolpow.

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 12:48pm

Summerstart, the annual orientation program for incoming first-year students, began Aug. 1 and runs through Aug. 18.

This year, Western Washington University's New Student Services and Family Outreach will host over 2500 freshmen and 1800 family members during Summerstart.

Published Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 11:12am

Farrokh Safavi, Western professor of Finance and Marketing, has made available a laptop computer to an incoming Western student, in recognition of the leadership of retired WWU President Bruce Shepard and his wife Cyndie.

Freshman Kimberly Beebe was selected by the Western Admissions Office as a deserving student for the 15.6-inch Lenovo laptop, which was presented to her on Monday by Clara Capron, assistant vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 12:22pm

Sabah Randhawa began his tenure as Western’s 14th president on Monday, Aug. 1.

In a message to the campus community on Monday, Randhawa said he is “honored to have the opportunity to serve Western.”

Randhawa said he is excited to start work as Western’s president and that he and his wife Uzma Ahmad are eager to learn more about Western and its community.

Published Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 11:31am

Christine Youtsey, Office Assistant for the Department of Mathematics, if the recipient of this week's Western Way recognition.

Associate Professor Millie Johnson of the Department of Mathematics, who nominated Youtsey, values Youtsey's dedication to those she helps serve:

Published Friday, July 29, 2016 - 4:19pm

WebTech and the Office of Communications and Marketing this summer unveiled the first phase of a new web-based project called #WWUSocial, a web page that aggregates and displays as tiles Western’s social media posts across all its platforms.