General Stories

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 10:17am

Today is the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Western professor Ed Vajda was a grad student in Russia at the time, and he was hired by CBS News as an interpreter and news analyst to help cover the story. A few years ago, he shared this account of his experiences.

Published Tuesday, April 26, 2016 - 10:09am

Western Washington University has developed several ties with Mongolian universities, organizations and not-for-profit organizations, and those ties are leading to increased opportunities for student study and faculty collaboration in Mongolia.

Published Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:45am

Two outs, bases loaded. Senior Jordan Walley steps up to the plate. The crowd cheers. She swings.

Her bat makes direct contact with the ball, and it’s gone.

The entire Western Washington University softball team runs out to the field, patting her helmet as soon as she crosses home plate.

Western’s softball team played two games back-to-back Saturday, April 24, at Viking Field against Saint Martin’s University.

For eight seniors, including Walley, this was their last day playing as a Viking.

Published Friday, April 22, 2016 - 1:11pm

Participants in the 2016 Earth Ride with Alternative Transportation embarked on a bicycle tour of Bellingham today. The ride is guided by student coordinators with WWU Alternative Transportation and tours centers of sustainability around Bellingham.

The tour begins and concludes near the Performing Arts Center Plaza, where there is an Earth Day celebration this afternoon.

Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:32pm

More than 60 companies showed up at the big spring career fair on Western Washington University's campus Thursday, April 21. Students, alumni and community members filed in and out of the Viking Union Multipurpose Room throughout the free, four-hour event, which was put on by Western's Career Services Center.

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:12am

While often viewed through the lens of the Civil War era as the epicenter of the abolitionist movement, it is not as well known that Boston, throughout most of the 18th century, was a city where about 25 percent of households owned slaves, a fact central to “Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston,” the new book by Western Washington University Assistant Professor of History Jared Hardesty.

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:37am

Do you work with an outstanding colleague at Western Washington University? The Western Way program provides the opportunity for faculty and staff to recognize the great efforts of others on campus.

Published Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 8:30am

The annual arrival of spring is always much looked forward to at Western Washington University.

Find out why in this short video from campus videographer Rhys Logan.

Published Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 10:38am

In honor of Western student Meagan Elizabeth Smith, the Liberal Studies Department at Western Washington University recently created the Meagan Elizabeth Smith Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Humanities.

Smith, a Liberal Studies major at Western, was the victim of a homicide while she was house-sitting for friends in Renton in 2015.

Published Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:19pm

The first-ever Great Puzzle Hunt was a big hit this past Saturday, with more than 300 people signing up to participate in the cross-campus scavenger hunt.

At each stop on the hunt, participants were challenged to complete a puzzle (think logic puzzles, trivia, word scrambles, etc.) before moving on.

Millie Johnson, an associate professor of mathematics at Western, coordinated the event and led the puzzle development team.