General Stories

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 10:21am

"Commedia in the Park" is an annual event presented by Western Washington University Theatre students enrolled in the summer course "Advanced Acting Topics," taught by Rich Brown.

The highly physicalized, masked comic performance originates from the Italian Renaissance. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers and foolish old men.

The performances, which occurred in Bellingham's Maritime Heritage Park are over for this summer, but they'll be back in 2017.

Published Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 9:29am

Local Americana band Polecat kicked off the Summer Noon Concert Series this past week under the warm June sun.

Polecat has traveled all over Northwest United States, performing more than 550 shows and recording three albums in six years. More on them is available at

The series, put on each year by the Associated Students, brings local acts to campus for Wednesday lunchtime concerts throughout summer quarter.

Published Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:59am

Eileen Coughlin announced today that she will be retiring from her position as vice president at Western Washington University following the upcoming 2016-2017 academic year.

Published Monday, June 27, 2016 - 4:44pm

Western Washington University Department of Theatre and Dance presents “Commedia in the Park,” directed by WWU Theatre faculty Rich Brown, at 7 p.m., July 1-3, in Maritime Heritage Park at 500 W. Holly St. in Bellingham.

The show is open to the public and free to attend.  This marks the sixth year of July 4 weekend commedia performances in Maritime Heritage Park.

Published Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:35am

Anselmo Villanueva has been selected as executive director of the award-winning Compass 2 Campus mentoring program at Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education.

Villanueva, a career educator with more than 30 years of experience, succeeds Compass 2 Campus founder and executive director Cyndie Shepard, who is retiring.

An open house and "passing of the torch" event was held Wednesday morning, June 22, in the Miller Hall Collaboration Space. Numerous WWU faculty and staff turned out to thank Shepard for her years of service to Western.

Published Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 10:52am

It's summer, and that means another season of the Summer Noon Concert Series is in the offing.

The series, put on each year by the Associated Students, brings local acts to campus for Wednesday lunchtime concerts throughout summer quarter.

The free concerts are held at noon on the Performing Arts Center Plaza (or, if it's raining, in the Viking Union Underground Coffeehouse).

Here's the 2016 summer schedule:

Published Monday, June 20, 2016 - 2:43pm

Jo Ruxton will speak at Western Washington University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29 at Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th Floor) about the human-caused environmental problem of plastic pollution, and the serious detrimental effects of plastics in the oceans.

This event is free and open to the public.  

Published Monday, June 13, 2016 - 1:05pm

What did it take to put together the first-ever Western Washington University Commencement at Civic Stadium?

Check out this 3-minute timelapse from ATUS Video Services.

Published Monday, June 13, 2016 - 12:04pm

About 2,030 students graduated from Western Washington University in two spring Commencement ceremonies at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium June 11.

About 1,825 undergraduate and 205 master’s students were expected to graduate from Western June 11. Spring Commencement ceremonies were held off campus at Civic while the Carver Academic Building undergoes major renovation.

Published Friday, June 10, 2016 - 10:45am

Western’s first Engineering graduates will be among the 2,000-plus students earning their degrees Saturday.

The 31 seniors – nine each in Electrical Engineering and Plastics and Composites Engineering and another 13 in Manufacturing Engineering – mark a milestone in the transformation of Western’s well-regarded Engineering Technology programs into a full-fledged Engineering degree.