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Published Friday, June 4, 2021 - 9:53am

Dear WWU Community,

Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as our new Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WWU Foundation effective July 1. Kim currently serves as Associate Vice President of Advancement at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a position she has held since September 2019. The start date provides considerable overlap for transition with Stephanie Bowers, who will be retiring after 20 years of exemplary service to Western at the end of summer.

Published Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 9:16am

Two students in Western Washington University’s Department of Design, Coral Saville and Mercedes Schrenkeisen, have each won a Student Silver Addy award at the American Advertising Awards in Seattle in the category "Elements of Advertising, Animation or Special Effects."

Saville won a Silver Addy for her project "Supernatural," a recreation of the title sequence for the popular TV show.

Published Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:19pm

In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 10:47am

Western Washington University’s Salish Sea Institute today released its comprehensive “State of the Salish Sea” report; in it, more than 20 authors and contributors illustrate how the ecosystem is under relentless pressure from an accelerating convergence of global and local environmental stressors and the cumulative impacts of 150 years of development and alteration of our watersheds and seascape.

Published Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 9:57am

Western's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will host a fundraiser/screening of the film "My Beautiful Stutter" via Zoom this Friday, May 21, at 5 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus. A virtual Q&A will follow the film.

Published Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:27pm

They say bad things come in threes, but don’t tell that to WWU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeanine Amacher. She has received three career milestones during just this school year alone – a paper about to be published and a pair of important grants – and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“It feels odd to say anything positive about the past year given the pandemic, but wow, I’ll take it,” Amacher said.

Published Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:46am

Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell has been named the new dean of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Russell, hired following a national search, will start in his new job at Western on Aug. 16. He succeeds John Bower, a Fairhaven College faculty member, who served a one-year, fixed term appointment as Fairhaven College dean.

Published Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 10:35am

Western Washington University Professor of Secondary Education Francisco Rios and Assistant Professor of Secondary Education A Longoria of WWU’s Woodring College of Education will host a virtual launch event from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 13 to discuss their new book, “Creating a Home in Schools: Sustaining Identities for Black, Indigenous, and Teachers of Color.” 

Published Tuesday, May 4, 2021 - 10:35am

A team of students from Western’s College of Business and Economics participated in the very first remote Pacific Northwest Career Development Conference on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. Schantell Hummel, Maleah Meinhold and Joseph Fairchild were all named state champions in their respective divisions. 

The WWU Collegiate DECA Club, consisting of six students this year, all competed and placed within the top 3 of their categories on Saturday.  

Published Monday, May 3, 2021 - 12:01pm

Western's Design Department will host design-industry luminaries and WWU alumni Paul Lau and Christina Sakura in May as part of the Design View Speaker Series. The talks are free and open to the public, but registration via Eventbrite is required. Information about registration can be found at, or by emailing