Features & Highlights

amy smiles at camera
Published Tuesday, October 26, 2021 - 11:21am

Western Today reached out to Amy Westmoreland, Western's new director of Multicultural Student Services, as she slowly but surely made her way across the country from Pennsylvania for her first day on campus on Nov. 1. We tracked Amy down somewhere outside of Fargo, North Dakota as she drove west…

Students walk towards a stony beach in the Salish Sea
Published Wednesday, October 20, 2021 - 10:47am

On a typical morning, the high-pitched caws of gulls and the constant roar of the salty Salish Sea waves would be a formidable foe to any other noise. But today, they pale in comparison to the animated chatter of the students arriving at Cap Sante Marina in…

Published Wednesday, October 13, 2021 - 11:59am

The official dedication of Western's first new residence hall in over 40 years was held on Thursday, Oct. 7 in the multipurpose room of Alma Clark Glass Hall. In December 2020, the WWU Board of Trustees approved the naming of this residence hall after the first Black student to attend Western…

A WWU student smiles and raises her fist in triumph after receiving her diploma at commencement
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 12:28pm

Western is excited to announce plans for in-person commencement Saturday, December 11, 2021 for summer and fall graduates.   We are delighted to return to celebrating our graduates in-person, with an audience that is fully vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. Western continues to monitor…

book cover for "Curious about George", with a yellow hat on the ground in front of palm trees
Published Tuesday, October 12, 2021 - 10:35am

When Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Western Professor of Communication Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, pulled out the first Curious George book to read to her children, she found herself awestruck. “When I first read that book to my two young children, it became evident that this was…

the Perseverance rover takes a selfie on Mars
Published Monday, October 11, 2021 - 1:31pm

For the next few weeks, Mars and Earth are on "in conjunction" - on opposite sides of the sun, meaning that the work being done by the Mars rover Perseverance, and all the scientists who monitor its daily work including Western's Melissa Rice - are finally getting their first real break since the…

A pair of folks walks on the exposed mudflats of the Noosack Delta; behind them on the horizon is Lummi Island.
Published Friday, October 1, 2021 - 2:39pm

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…

Regina Barber DeGraaff raises two fists in triumph after finishing another episode of Spark Science.
Published Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 9:57am

Say the word ‘scientist’ and images of stark white lab coats, bubbling test tubes and a Bill Nye-esque researcher might spring to mind; Regina Barber DeGraaff, Western’s STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, is trying to change that. For the past six years, she’s been working in collaboration…

Anida Yoeu Ali stands with arms crossed in front of a huge set of orange tubes
Published Wednesday, September 29, 2021 - 12:14pm

Fairhaven College launched the World Issues Forum, Western Washington University’s global justice speaker series in September 2001. Fall 2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of World Issues since it was begun and nurtured by Shirley Osterhaus with support from Fairhaven College and dean Ron Riggins…

Published Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 9:48am

Western Washington University Visual Journalism student and Office of University Communications intern Sela Marino will document the student experience and life on campus this fall in this photoblog. Check back every day for new images!