Features & Highlights

Published Tuesday, July 13, 2021 - 11:29am

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered business as usual for colleges and universities. With campuses shifting to remote learning, students, instructors, staff, and administrators were made to grapple with a set of new challenges. Western Today recently talked with WWU Professor of History…

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Published Monday, July 12, 2021 - 10:43am

As COVID-19 gripped the nation last spring and graduates shuddered at the thought of a pandemic job market, three professors from Western’s Huxley College of the Environment came together to create a cure for some of those fears: the Data Science for Environmental Applications certificate…

 Johanna stands in the middle of a weeded area, with a lake and mountain in the background
Published Friday, July 9, 2021 - 9:41am

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields, from marine science and climate change to teaching, the humanities, and the arts. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research…

Hannah Swartos smiles at the camera; behind her is a hallway.
Published Thursday, July 8, 2021 - 9:00am

Western history student Hannah Swartos of Anacortes was awarded the Harry Fritz Best Paper Prize on June 2 at the 2021 Phi Alpha Theta Pacific Northwest Regional Conference for her work, entitled "Out of the Way:” Property and the Subversive Construction of Space by Enslaved People in the American…

A Public health student discusses the research on her poster during a poster session with alumni.
Published Wednesday, July 7, 2021 - 9:41am

Amidst the shifting health mandates and regulations of the pandemic last year, Western’s Public Health Program has updated its curriculum to better focus on the practical needs of students seeking to enter the healthcare field.  Combining courses, creating equitable application requirements…

Joseph stands in front of a global map, nested between Africa and Asia
Published Friday, July 2, 2021 - 10:22am

Western’s faculty and students are engaged in exciting research and scholarship across a variety of fields, from marine science and climate change to teaching, the humanities, and the arts. Periodically, Western Today will share short summaries of the latest developments in scholarship and research…

Azucena Zavala Montalvo wears her Presidential Scholar medal outside in front of a patch of purple iris.
Published Friday, June 18, 2021 - 9:53am

Each summer Western Today honors the seven Presidential Scholars chosen to represent their colleges at spring commencement. Each day in Western Today we will add one of the scholars to this story, so check back to see them all! Woodring College of Education: Azucena Zavala Montalvo Azucena Zavala…

The sun setting over Bellingham Bay with pink hues and text reading Congrats Western Grads
Published Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 9:53am

Western Washington University invites the community to join the virtual celebration of graduates on Saturday, June 12, in three online ceremonies that feature messages of congratulations from families, faculty, Gov. Jay Inslee and students themselves.…

A red box with the words Pen America on it.
Published Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 12:45pm

Richard Simon, a senior instructor in WWU's Honors Program and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was recently named a finalist in the Pen America Literary Awards' Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for his unpublished book, "The Dolphin Ambassador's Daughter." The PEN/…

Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 9:25am

Following 25 years of service to Western Washington University, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brent Carbajal has announced his retirement effective summer 2022. “The role of the provost at any university is paramount in shaping the mission, standards and culture of the…