General Stories

Published Monday, June 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

About 2,045 students graduated from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returned to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

The ceremony marked the first time Carver Academic Facility was open since renovation work began in August 2015. Only the gymnasium portion of the building was open, and the building is once again closed to the public so work can continue. Carver is expected to be completed in time for the start of fall quarter in late September.

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:45am

Editor’s note: The following article was written as an assignment in Regina Barber DeGraaff and Melissa Rice’s PHYS 497: Science Communication course by senior Physics major Holly Christenson.


Western Washington University student Martin Fernandez, a graduating senior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, uses telescopes to see what the human eye cannot: pairs of stars that orbit each other too closely to be distinguished visually.

Published Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:12am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa yesterday signed an open letter to the international community in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and to endorse local, state and governmental action on climate change and carbon reduction.

Randhawa joined more than 180 other university presidents, 125 mayors, nine governors and almost 1,000 businesses in signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement.

Published Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:02am

WWU Rowing overcame a determined charge from Central Okahoma to capture its eighth national championship on Sunday on Lake Mercer in Windsor, New Jersey, capping one of the best years in the history of Viking athletics and marking the first time the program had ever won two team-sport national championships in the same season, after Women's Soccer won in the fall. Thirteen out of 15 programs advanced to the national-tournament level, the most ever.

Published Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 12:26pm

AS Productions hosted several furry friends on the Comm lawn Wednesday for a petting zoo.

Photos by Jonathan Williams. 

Published Monday, May 22, 2017 - 1:31pm

From the Red Square carnival to the zipline to classes without quizzes, Back2Bellingham was another fabulous success! Click on the thumbnails at right to see images in the larger size.

WWU photos by Jonathan Williams and Rhys Logan.

Published Friday, May 19, 2017 - 11:04am

Western Washington University alumnus Daman Wandke, CEO of AbiliTrek, officially launched the website for his company in front of supporters Monday, April 25 at Kombucha Town.

Published Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:01am

Western Window, the university's monthly TV program, recently hosted Temple Grandin, who has been called "the most famous and accomplished person with autism in the world." She spoke on the Western Window set with host Chris Roselli about what it was like to grow up with autism and find her own niche and path to a successful career as an educator, industrial designer and autism advocate -- and how she hopes she can inspire other "quirky kids" to find what makes them each unique and special.

Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:51pm

As part of the Employee Recognition Ceremony on May 10, WWU President Sabah Randhawa gave out his annual President’s Exceptional Effort Awards. This year, President Randhawa received 95 nominations for the 8 awards, with the following employees being honored this year: Austin Cooper from Academic Budget and Administration; Linda Flanagan from the English Department; Viva Barnes from Anthropology; Bob Putich of the Student Business Office; Debby Cwalina from Human Resources; Karl Klokkevold of the Viking Union; Amelia Cave from Prevention and Wellness Services;  and

Published Monday, May 8, 2017 - 1:36pm

Renowned political and civil rights activist and University of California Santa Cruz’s Distinguished Professor Emerita, Angela Davis, spoke on Western Washington University’s campus at noon on Friday, May 5 to a full house in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. The event was sponsored by Justice Speaks, a WWU student organization.

WWU images by Rhys Logan and Jonathan Williams