General Stories

Published Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:25am

In this new video, Western's new president, Sabah Randhawa, thanks Western's new students and challenges them to join him in learning about the campus and advancing Western together.

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WWU video/Rhys Logan

Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:51am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar.

“Sugar can be just as habit-forming as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin,” he said. “Our brains learn to covet sugar, and, once given it, release the same chemical, dopamine, that is increased by most abused drugs.”

Published Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:19am

Acclaimed Holocaust Studies scholar and Academy Award-winning film producer Michael Berenbaum will visit Western Washington University and deliver the inaugural lecture for the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.19, in Arntzen Hall 100 on Western’s campus.

Published Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:29am

Western's Alumni Association hosted the first annual "Paint Bellingham Blue" event last night, as hundreds of Western Washington University students, alumni, employees and family members gathered in Downtown Bellingham to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year. 

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 11:27am

Welcoming Convocation for new students was held last night with a greeting in the PAC from President Sabah Randhawa, AS President Stephanie Cheng, and Theatre Professor Rich Brown, while Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Eileen Coughlin led the evening, The remarks inside the PAC were followed by fireworks and the traditional "corridor cheer" welcome from faculty, staff, and returning students.

All photos by Rhys Logan/Office of Communications and Marketing

Published Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 9:38am

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University will host the exhibition “Susan Point Past Present: Cultural Visions in New Media” Sept. 22 through Dec. 3; the exhibition will feature a series of speakers and workshops starting with Musqueam artist Debra Sparrow at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Published Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:18pm

Western's students completed their move-in process this past weekend with some help from student employees, staff, and President Randhawa.

The age-old cycle of tearful parents, eager students and thousands of trips to and from family station wagons once again repeated itself on campus, but the student body is once again settled in and ready to begin another rigorous school year.

Classes start on Wednesday.

Published Monday, September 19, 2016 - 11:47am

A freakish mishap that defied all odds cost Western Washington University a national rowing championship in 2004. But it provided the catalyst that spurred the Vikings to crowns in each of the next seven years, a record that still stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.

Published Friday, September 16, 2016 - 12:06pm

Western's new President, Sabah Randhawa, addressed Western's faculty and staff this morning at the annual convocation that marks the official start of the new school year.  

Published Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 9:30am

About 4,100 students will move into Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments from Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18.

The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 21. Total enrollment is expected to be about 15,000, approximately the same as last year. The university has a new president, Sabah Randhawa, who began as Western’s 14th president on Aug. 1, 2016.