Features & Highlights

A hand-painted sign on a fence between a grassy area and an orchard reads Welcome to the Food Forest
Published Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 11:18am

In 1972, when Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies was still a new institution, students moved to the historic Burns cabins on the ridge above what is now the Outback Farm at Western Washington University and started farming. They built a barn, raised goats for milking and pigs for eating…

Students attending the Men of Color Summit pose for a picture at the event
Published Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 8:58am

Ten students from WWU’s Black & Brown Male Success Collective (BBMSC) attended Clemson University’s Men of Color National Summit hosted April 21-22 in Greenville, South Carolina. The theme of the conference was Building Bridges to Success for African-American and Hispanic Males. Bringing…

Caitlin sits on the steps in front of Old Main
Published Wednesday, April 27, 2022 - 11:38am

WWU junior Caitlin Bannister’s interest and research efforts into the mysteries of the nervous system have allowed her to be Western’s first behavioral neuroscience student to receive a prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education…

Brad stands in Red Square and smiles at the camera
Published Tuesday, April 26, 2022 - 12:20pm

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa has announced that Brad Johnson will serve as the new provost and executive vice president for WWU effective Aug. 1.   Johnson has served as the Dean of the College of Science & Engineering since 2017 and has been a professor of Physics at…

three students show off their diplomas at commencement
Published Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 2:08pm

After a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic, in-person June Commencement will return to campus this spring, in a big way – with eight total ceremonies in Carver throughout Commencement Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 10-12.  Commencement organizers have instituted a number of…

students presenting their research in carver gym as part of scholars week.
Published Thursday, April 14, 2022 - 10:06am

Scholars Week, an annual celebration showcasing the best of Western Washington University students’ research and creative work, returns to Western’s campus May 16 – May 20, 2022, after two years of virtual events.   The Scholars Week Planning Committee invites students to register April 25 – 29,…

a tanker offloads oil at Cherry Point as students walk on the beach
Published Monday, April 4, 2022 - 11:17am

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields. Each week, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarly work at the University. Interested in reading in-depth stories about science and research at…

An art student pins her work on a board
Published Wednesday, March 30, 2022 - 1:41pm

Western Washington University Visual Journalism students and Office of University Communications interns Justin Hecht and Lucas Bohanon will document the student experience and life on campus this spring in this photoblog. Check back every weekday for new images!

Amy Kozak smiles at the camera in this head-and-shoulders shot
Published Tuesday, March 29, 2022 - 10:19am

Amy Kozak was hired as the executive director of Internal Audit at Western Washington University after a competitive, national search in November 2021. Before coming to WWU, Kozak spent six years at Tulane University serving as a senior internal auditor. With more than 17 years of experience,…

Tetrahymena thermophila, a single-celled organism studied by Suzanne Lee, with a yellow body and blue center under the microscope
Published Saturday, March 26, 2022 - 8:37am

Two Western biology assistant professors, Suzanne Lee and Nick Galati, were recently awarded National Science Foundation CAREER grants, the foundation’s most prestigious award in support of early-career faculty. Lee and Galati received $1,254,671 and $908,007 grants, respectively, to continue their…