Features & Highlights

Three people laugh in a laboratory
Published Thursday, December 1, 2022 - 9:39am

It was the summer of 2019, and WWU student Haley Holliday – then a Chemistry undergrad and now a Chemistry graduate student – was on crutches after ankle surgery following a rock-climbing injury, and was feeling a little sorry for herself.   She stopped by the office of Assistant Professor of…

Western's Red Square lit up at night.
Published Wednesday, November 30, 2022 - 8:57am

Darkness falls on Western’s campus and in the chill night air, there’s a new sound. “Hello.” Between the distant footsteps of late-night walkers and the crunch of leaves and whoosh of wings that comprise the usual evening soundtrack, you hear it. A strange voice, a layered, almost robotic chorus…

A Canadian flag waves in a stiff breeze
Published Monday, November 28, 2022 - 12:04pm

Western’s Canadian-American Studies Program will fund a new tenure-track faculty position and expand offerings exploring environmental and social justice issues on both sides of the border, thanks to a renewed federal grant.   The U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, which Western shares…

Four students sit at a picnic table on a summer summer day in the Methow Valley
Published Tuesday, November 22, 2022 - 12:03pm

When I arrived in the Methow Valley on a late June afternoon, there was no way I could have predicted the experience I was about to undergo. Driving down Highway 20 through the North Cascades was mesmerizing, and with every tree I passed, so did my excitement for the possibility and opportunity of…

The entrance to the Western Gallery with solar windows in orange and yellow on a sunny day.
Published Friday, November 18, 2022 - 9:06am

Museum educator Zoë Fejeran wouldn’t usually advise visitors to the Western Gallery to take off their shoes in the space, but barefoot Dance students moving through the Isamu Noguchi sculptures is one of her favorite moments in the gallery since she took on her role at the start of fall quarter.…

Western's women's soccer and volleyball will host NCAA playoffs this weekend on campus
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2022 - 8:46am

When Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 was passed, it effectively ended the ability of any higher education institution to discriminate on the basis of sex, including in athletics. After its passage, the implementation of Title IX resulted almost immediately in a huge jump in…

Jacqueline Hughes smiles at the camera on a sunny day in front of Old Main
Published Wednesday, November 9, 2022 - 10:40am

Jacqueline Hughes started at Western this fall as its Chief Diversity Officer, a new position at WWU that reports directly to the president. Western Today recently chatted with Hughes about her goals and plans for her time at the university and how she would like to maximize the role and impact of…

Old Main under a blanket of snow on a sunny winter day
Published Monday, November 7, 2022 - 9:48am

We had our first dusting of the snow this morning (Nov. 7), so it is the perfect time to review what happens at Western when the campus is on the receiving end of a significant snow event. Regardless of who you are or what you do, severe winter weather is rare enough in Bellingham to cause a lot of…

Man wearing a toadstool hat
Published Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 10:49am

Did you dress up yesterday? Take a look at the photo gallery below and see if you find yourself or one of your friends, and great work on the costumes, Viks!

Students examine a seismometer than has just been retrieved from the sea floor
Published Monday, October 31, 2022 - 11:25am

Communication is a two-way street; when one speaks, the other listens, and tries to interpret the sometimes subtle signals in the language. But when you’re a geophysicist, and what you’re listening to are the not-so-subtle signals of one of the most active fault systems in the world – and then the…