Say the word ‘scientist’ and images of stark white lab coats, bubbling test tubes and a Bill Nye-esque researcher might spring to mind; Regina Barber DeGraaff, Western’s STEM Inclusion and Outreach Specialist, is trying to change that.
Fairhaven College launched the World Issues Forum, Western Washington University’s global justice speaker series in September 2001. Fall 2021 marks the twentieth anniversary of World Issues since it was begun and nurtured by Shirley Osterhaus with support from Fairhaven College and dean Ron Riggins.
Western Washington University Visual Journalism student and Office of University Communications intern Sela Marino will document the student experience and life on campus this fall in this photoblog. Check back every day for new images!
Students are back and so is Western Welcome Week! Western Welcome Week is September 19-25, and is a week of fun, free, and engaging events to welcome all new and returning students. A wide array of new events and annual favorites are on this year’s schedule, including the Associated Students Fall Info Fair, New Student Convocation, Late Night social events, the Outdoor Movie, a weeklong Bike Fest, and a slate of WWU
After a limited viewing of exhibited work in spring of 2021, the Western Gallery on the campus of Western Washington University will fully re-open to the public on Oct. 7 with Anida Yoeu Ali’s exhibition and performance work, “The Red Chador: Genesis I.”
Western's Board of Trustees, along with President Sabah Randhawa, the university's provost, vice presidents, and university staff, took a tour of campus facilities yesterday in preparation for the coming school year. They were given informational tours of the new Alma Clark Glass residence hall, which will be open for new students at move-in in September; the WWU Steam Plant; the Interdisciplinary Science Building on south campus, which is under construction; and new campus lab spaces.
From flashy magazine covers guaranteeing a perfect ‘summer body’ to the endless sea of flawless photos on social media, the pressure to change our bodies is everywhere. For Anna Ciao, a Western associate professor of Psychology, the solution lies in intervening at the individual level where people can challenge assumptions about body image they didn’t even know they held.
The Delta variant now is responsible for most new cases of infection in Washington state, and a week of public health reversals from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention is sure to raise fresh health concerns.
With Western preparing to welcome students back in fall, many campus programs are exploring what their in-person activities will look like, and Western’s intramurals office is no different. For Lucy Caples, the university’s brand new intramural and youth sports-camp coordinator, the transition is an opportunity to welcome back students of all backgrounds and abilities to intramural sports.
Western Today sat down with Caples to discuss her path leading up to Western and what changes are on the horizon for the program.
Western Environmental Science student Madison Gard of Tucson, Arizona has been awarded a 2021 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, which recognizes exceptional students in a broad range of STEM fields and provides awardees up to $9,500 in academic assistance for two years of study, plus a 10-week, full-time paid internship at a NOAA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years.