Features & Highlights

Rayson Alex smiles at the camera
Published Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 9:45am

Rayson Alex, Fulbright Scholar in residence at Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies during the fall quarter and the first part of winter quarter, says that the common denominator of his experience at Western has been “community.”  Alex, whose teaches courses in the environmental…

Olana Costa on a snowy mountain ridge on a sunny winter day; behind her are a set of snowy peaks
Published Thursday, February 2, 2023 - 10:50am

In this week's Research Recap, we have have three graduate students from three different colleges at Western, each sharing their important work. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at https://medium.com/gaia-wwu, and…

Poster for Black History Month with a link to the event website
Published Tuesday, January 31, 2023 - 9:08am

Black History Month, which started as a week to acknowledge the contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. History, is a time to recognize that Black History is American history, and to honor the influences that the Black Diaspora has had and continues to have on the world. This is a time…

A robot looks down at a circuit board; the circuits spell out the letters "AI"
Published Monday, January 30, 2023 - 1:22pm

ChatGPT is incredibly advanced software that uses artificial intelligence to formulate answers and participate in discussions in a fully realistic, conversational way. The problem? It’s so startlingly good at its job that it is often indistinguishable from what a human would type or say, which has…

Pixel art shows two teenagers sitting on the roof of a car as the sun sets in front of them
Published Monday, January 30, 2023 - 8:27am

Caity Scott (they/them), a recent graduate of Western’s MFA in Creative Writing program, was recently announced as the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and ProQuest winner for Distinguished Master’s Thesis and/or Final Master’s Capstone Project Award in the Creative, Visual, and…

Richard Li stands in Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower
Published Friday, January 27, 2023 - 8:23am

Computer science: It’s a vast field with endless areas for specialization, an enormous range of career options, and an abundance of well-paying, varied jobs. With a computer science degree, doors open on a diversity of opportunities.  But the diversity of opportunities for computer scientists…

painting shows a woman deep in thought; above her is a log cabin and trees under an ominous moon
Published Wednesday, January 25, 2023 - 10:01am

Western Washington University’s Department of Theatre and Dance is staging a new play by alum Eryn Elyse McVay. The play runs February 3 through 11 in the DUG Theatre at the Performing Arts Center on Western’s campus.   Directed by another WWU alum, Kayla Adams, “what the Gods gave me” takes place…

Front of Western's building at Olympic College in the background is a wall of trees with blue sky and clouds
Published Friday, January 20, 2023 - 9:06am

Olympic College and Western Washington University are strengthening their partnership to increase enrollment in the community college and encourage more Olympic Peninsula residents to continue on to earn their four-year degrees at WWU. Washington’s rapid growth and development as a global hub of…

Ceci Lopez headshot in a collage with an image of Fairhaven College
Published Wednesday, January 18, 2023 - 9:24am

Ceci Lopez, an assistant professor in Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the director of the college’s Center for Law, Diversity and Justice, was recently given the 2022 Local Hero Award from the Washington State Bar Association. Rajeev Majumdar, President of the Whatcom…

LaTosha Brown sits on a marble step and smiles at the camera; behind her are clouds
Published Tuesday, January 17, 2023 - 10:07am

In the grief of immeasurable loss, LaTosha Brown is spending time contemplating the healing power of love – along with its challenges.   “My heart has to expand,” Brown said Monday in her keynote speech at the MLK Day celebration at Western. “I gotta go deeper in this thing called love.”   Brown…