General Stories

Published Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 9:24am

Western students, faculty and staff and community members celebrated Veterans Day at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room. A reception immediately followed the ceremony.

The ceremony was sponsored by the Veterans Outreach Center, and the reception was sponsored by the President’s Office.

Published Sunday, November 8, 2009 - 7:00am

Diane Johnson, an associate professor of Modern and Classical Languages at Western Washington University, presents "Sanskrit: A crash course." Johnson delivered this lecture on Nov. 4, 2009.

Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 3:35pm
Published Thursday, November 5, 2009 - 9:57am

Carolyn Nielsen, an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at WWU, presents "El Progreso del Periodismo: the Growing Presence of Spanish-language News Media in the U.S." regarding her research into the history and current state of U.S. Spanish-language news media. While many news outlets struggle to survive, their Spanish-language counterparts are thriving. Language is not the only factor in audience growth and loyalty.

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 9:20am

Flamenco week continues at Western Washington University with a screening of the film "Flamenco," directed by Carlos Saura, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Fraser Hall Room 3. "Flamenco" is considered a documentary masterpiece in its portrayal of the essence of flamenco dance and song. Penny Hutchinson, an assistant professor in the Dance Department, and Paqui Paredes, an associate professor of Modern and Classical Languages, will provide a short introduciton to the film. This event is open to all.

Published Monday, November 2, 2009 - 4:09pm

The Viking Union celebrates its 50th birthday party kicked off Monday with a visit from Bellingham Mayor Dan Pike, who visited the Viking Union to proclaim Oct. 30 to Nov. 7 “Viking Union 50th Anniversary Week” in Bellingham. Pike also participated in the opening of the 1959 time capsule during the kickoff ceremony.

The VU, which opened in 1959, houses the Associated Students Board of Directors, a variety of Associated Students programs, the VU Gallery, KUGS and other offices and services of Western.

Published Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:01am

Almost two decades ago, Bert Webber proposed a new name for the marine area consisting of Puget Sound, the Strait of Georgia and the Strait of Juan de Fuca: "Salish Sea."

On Friday, Oct. 30, the retired professor of marine ecology at Western Washington University got his wish. The Washington Board of Geographic Names voted 5-1 to approve his idea. The board's counterpart in British Columbia, where much of those waters lie, also approved the new name.

Published Friday, October 30, 2009 - 4:33pm
Published Friday, October 30, 2009 - 9:51am

With its last opportunity to post a win over one of the two Great Northwest Athletic Conference front runners, the Western Washington University volleyball team entertains Seattle Pacific in a league counter Saturday (7 p.m.) on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Vikings, 15-8 overall and third in the conference standings at 8-4, were swept by the Falcons on Sept. 30 at Seattle. Seattle Pacific, which is at Montana State Billings for a GNAC contest Thursday, is second in the GNAC at 8-2.

Published Friday, October 30, 2009 - 8:40am

Andy Bunn, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at WWU, presents “The Polaris Project: A barge, twenty bunks, and a river at the top of the world,” discussing his work in the Siberian Arctic with undergraduates from eight American and Russian universities. The project’s guiding scientific theme is the transport and transformations of carbon and nutrients as they move along the Kolyma River from terrestrial uplands to the Arctic Ocean. This is a central scientific issue as scientists struggle to understand a rapidly changing Arctic.