A freakish mishap that defied all odds cost Western Washington University a national rowing championship in 2004. But it provided the catalyst that spurred the Vikings to crowns in each of the next seven years, a record that still stands for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.
Western's new President, Sabah Randhawa, addressed Western's faculty and staff this morning at the annual convocation that marks the official start of the new school year.
About 4,100 students will move into Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments from Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18.
The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 21. Total enrollment is expected to be about 15,000, approximately the same as last year. The university has a new president, Sabah Randhawa, who began as Western’s 14th president on Aug. 1, 2016.
Western Washington University Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences Marco Hatch and two colleagues have been chosen to receive a new two-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for a pilot project designed to improve inclusion of STEM education and career pathways to underserved populations.
The grant is part of NSF’s new INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering.
Nelly Trocmé Hewett will speak about the French Plateau Vivarais-Lignon and the village of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a place of safety and shelter for Jewish refugees during WWII, from 3-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in Academic West 204 on the Western Washington University campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
About 4 light years away from our planet sits Proxima Centauri, the closest star to our solar system, and orbiting it is its just-discovered companion, a small Earth-like planet that, for now at least, holds the unassuming name of Proxima b.
At this distance, Proxima b is, in interstellar terms, a next-door neighbor even though a probe such as Voyager, if launched today, would take about 75,000 years to reach it.
WWU President Sabah Randhawa, members of the Board of Trustees, campus administrators and staff toured the Carver Gym site last Thursday, Aug.18, for an update on the construction project. Also note that a new pedestrian detour will be in place in front of the facility through mid-September, routing walkers between the Arts Annex and Fine Arts, and then from there around to Red Square.
WWU photos/RHYS LOGAN
Approximately 365 undergraduates and about 60 master’s candidates received degrees on Saturday at Summer Commencement, the first such ceremony presided over by Western's new president, Sabah Randhawa.
WWU photos/Dan Levine
Fall marks more than the start of a new academic year; it's time for the Get Your Blue On BBQ! You're invited to join your WWU community on this special Western Wednesday, September 14th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Old Main Lawn.
Western Washington University has created the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity and named Sandra Alfers, professor of German in Western’s Department of Modern and Classical Languages, its founding director.
The institute is named after retired Western Professor Ray Wolpow.