Features & Highlights

Nate Jo and sister Jenny Jo Rallens sit atop the steps of Blenheim Palace near Oxford University.
Published Monday, January 24, 2022 - 12:36pm

WWU student Nate Jo never saw himself as a potential Rhodes Scholar. In fact, a year ago, he didn’t know what the Rhodes Scholarship was. First awarded in 1902, the Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest international scholarship program, allowing students from around the world to study at the…

Two young adults sitting outside on lounge chairs, next to a table with a microphone
Published Friday, January 21, 2022 - 11:33am

As I dropped into the valley on the twisting road of the North Cascades Highway, I did not know that I was driving myself into a transformational experience. A whole summer living, working, and learning in the Methow Valley to study community-based sustainability and work in a youth advocacy…

"Stone Enclosure: Rock Rings" sits on South Campus near the Communications Building
Published Friday, January 14, 2022 - 11:12am

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University will be hosting the exhibition “Nancy Holt, Between Heaven and Earth” from Jan. 13 through May 7. The exhibition is free and open to the public. “Nancy Holt, Between Heaven and Earth” follows the career path that led Holt to “Stone Enclosure:…

A rocky beach between two hills of trees at dusk
Published Wednesday, January 12, 2022 - 11:37am

On a sunny summer day last August, Ginny Broadhurst, director of the Salish Sea Institute and Manca Valum, senior director of Advancement for Strategic Initiatives at the WWU Foundation, took a boat ride to visit with Stephanie Solien and Frank Greer on Orcas Island. The topic of conversation was…

Book cover shows a brig under full sail under a red moon
Published Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - 9:45am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Hardesty’s newest book, “Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate,” published by NYU Press last October, tells the story of one ship, its crew of smugglers, and the mutiny that overtook the vessel…

Info Fair gets under way in Red Square
Published Monday, December 13, 2021 - 11:30am

Dear WWU Faculty and Staff, As we look forward to a well-earned holiday break, I wish to express my gratitude for your exemplary work and empathetic actions of so many that have characterized our fall 2021 quarter.  I know there have been challenges, and some of you have felt them more…

Five container ships pass through a body of water next to a city
Published Wednesday, December 8, 2021 - 10:31am

Supply chain disruptions and labor shortages have been making news for months, but how are these challenges affecting work at Western? Across campus, in Capital Planning and Development (CPD), Facilities Management (FM), and Procurement, seemingly random shortages and unpredictable supply chain…

A rectangular gray building is under construction next to a racing track
Published Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 12:08pm

Western’s newest academic building, the Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB), is making good progress toward its expected opening in Spring Quarter 2022. The ISB will feature teaching labs for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, and Marine and Coastal Science (MACS), along with flex lab…

Chris Bianco looks at the camera solemnly; behind him are the seats from a concert hall
Published Friday, November 19, 2021 - 11:30am

Western Washington University Professor of Music Christopher Bianco has accepted an invitation from Provost Brent Carbajal to serve a fixed-term appointment as the new dean of WWU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts, effective Nov. 5; he will serve as dean until the national search for the…

Lee Maracle smiles at the camera as snow falls around her
Published Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 9:30am

The Center for Canadian-American Studies and Canada House Programs mourn the recent passing of Lee Maracle and celebrate her extraordinary life. Raised in Vancouver and a member of the Stó:lō Nation, Maracle was an award-winning writer, poet, teacher, and advocate for Indigenous women, children,…