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Students ride in a motorized canoe across the Rio Napo, one of Ecuador's largest Amazon tributaries.
Published Monday, July 11, 2022 - 2:00pm

Days five through seven of the Honors College study abroad trip to Ecuador saw the group not only descend 8,000 feet from the high plateau of Quito, but wholeheartedly plunge into a fully immersive experience in the Amazon basin in a way that few on the trip will ever forget. Day five was a long…

Looking up at El Virgen de El Panecillo with blue skies in the background. The statue is more than 125 feet high and sits atop the hill of Panecillo overlooking Quito. Sean Patrick Curtis/WWU
Published Friday, July 8, 2022 - 9:13am

Day 4 dawned robin's-egg blue in Quito, a perfect day for a walking tour of the historical city center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The day began with a stop at the Virgen de El Panecillo, also known as the Virgin of Quito. The sculpture is one of the few that depicts the Virgin Mary with wings,…

A vendor at the Otavalo market sells a variety of woven textiles.
Published Thursday, July 7, 2022 - 9:33am

After an overnight stay in the northern Ecuador city of Otavalo, the group scheduled time in the morning to explore the cityscape of Otavalo and wander through its large outdoor market to see handmade local products. The market was one of the best opportunities so far for the students to interact…

Students and instructors gather in front of the caldera of Cotacachi.
Published Wednesday, July 6, 2022 - 10:42am

Day two saw the expedition leave Quito to head north to explore the sights and sounds of the high Andean plateau surrounding the city of Otavalo. In this region even the lowland valleys below the mountains sit at more than 8,000 feet above sea level, while volcanic peaks such as Cayambe, along the…

Two students look out over Quito, Ecuador, from a hillside.
Published Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 11:31am

WWU’s Honors College is exploring the slopes of volcanos, the depths of the waters around the Galápagos and everything in between during a study abroad program this summer to Ecuador. The course focus is split between two main areas: a humanities-focused look at the culture, history, and literature…

A student sits on the Swing in the Clouds, looking over Quito, Ecuador.
Published Tuesday, July 5, 2022 - 9:33am

Twenty one students, four faculty members and two staff have set off for Ecuador for a study abroad program with WWU’s Honors College this summer in Ecuador. The course focus is split between two main areas: a Humanities-focused exploration of the culture, history, and literature of Ecuador led by…

Noctiluca are seen under a microscope in white on a black background.
Published Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:36am

Many people think that the ocean’s greatest mysteries are in the depths, but one Western student is searching for them in the shallows of the Salish Sea.  Lucy Greeley, a fourth-year Marine and Coastal Science major, is studying the bioluminescent plankton in the waters in and around Bellingham…

A graduating student hugs her family members for a photo in Red Square
Published Monday, June 13, 2022 - 4:17pm

Western's Commencement Weekend took place June 10-12, with eight ceremonies over three days.  WWU photographer Luke Hollister captured the celebration.

a white bread box sits on a kitchen countertop
Published Monday, June 13, 2022 - 4:11pm

WWU’s Madeleine Gerst, Rose Kirby, Elliot Quasha and Carson Porter-Keese, juniors in the Industrial Design Program, won the prestigious Global Innovation Awards (GIA) for each of their kitchenware innovations. Western students won four out of the six awards given internationally. The GIA Awards,…

The sun rises in shades of pink and purple over a placid Lake Samish.
Published Friday, June 10, 2022 - 10:17am

Stillness. Silence. Pitch black. Then, a flutter in the dark. A heron takes flight, spreading its wings as it launches off a jagged stump sticking out of murky water.  Then back to stillness. Silen- Chunk-shhh Chunk-shhh A rhythmic chunking sound breaks the silent barrier of this ethereal void…