General Stories

Published Monday, March 19, 2018 - 11:42am

The Center for Service-Learning is hosting Alternative Spring Break, an engaged learning series that aims to connect the students, staff, and faculty on Western’s campus with our neighbors who also share a home on the Salish Sea.

Published Friday, March 9, 2018 - 9:45am


Students at Western Washington University are designing and building a zero-net-energy house to address local housing issues and educate the University and community about sustainable home design as part of an initiative called “Project ZeNETH.”

“ZeNETH” stands for “zero-net-energy tiny house.” When completed, the house will produce at least as much energy as it consumes through a rooftop solar PV array, energy efficient systems and smart building design.

Published Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 10:21am

Robin Matthews, director of Western Washington University’s Institute for Watershed Studies, loves algae; she gets giddy even talking about it – even the types so toxic they can kill you.

“I just think they are the most fascinating little creatures,” she said. “Having researched them for most of my career, I can honestly say they have never stopped throwing me curves and taking my inquiries in new directions – which is great.”

Published Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 10:21am

What's going on at the VU? In short, a TON. The construction of the new Multicultural Center (scheduled for completion next June) has some side effects on how we can all come and go from this busy part of campus.


Where do I catch my bus?

The bus stop that used to be right in front of the VU has been moved about 50 yards down to the street towards the PAC; catch your bus there.


What’s the status of the AS Bookstore?

Published Monday, February 26, 2018 - 9:46am

When Assistant Professor of English Jane Wong was a little girl, she would run across the street from her parents’ Chinese restaurant in Shrewsbury, New Jersey to the public library to pile up stacks of books and read for hours.

Published Friday, February 23, 2018 - 10:10am

Western Libraries will host a student panel discussion, “The Journeys and Untold Stories of Western Washington University's Undocumented Students," on Thursday, March 1 at 4 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room (Wilson Library Room 164F).  

The event is free and open to the public.

Please join us for the chance to hear first-hand some of the untold stories from members of the Blue Group, Western's undocumented student club, and to learn about how we at Western can better support undocumented students.

Published Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 10:20am

Western Washington University and the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina of Lima, Peru will collaborate on a new project titled “Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management Education in the US North Cascades and Peruvian Andes” sponsored by 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, CAF: Development Bank of Latin America, the U.S. Department of State, and SEMPRA Energy.

Published Friday, February 16, 2018 - 11:39am

WWU Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies Greg Youmans was awarded a $50,000 grant from Creative Capital and the Andy Warhol Foundation to support his book on queer filmmaking in the 1970’s San Francisco Bay Area.

Youmans’ book, with the tentative title “Something New Under the Sun: Bay Area Queer Filmmaking Across the 1970’s,” traces different filmmakers’ approaches to queer documentaries and experimental films during that time. He chose to focus on the Bay Area in the 1970’s because it was the first decade to witness a massive eruption of openly queer lifestyles.

Published Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 1:09pm

Students studying photography in the Department of Art and Art History at Western Washington University  have a public display of images on the second floor of the newly renovated Carver. The exhibition is on view until March 7, 2018.

The display consists of 15 40- by 50-inch images from a project titled ‘Big Heads.’ The Art 371 students utilized the lighting studio and a traditional view camera (4-by-5 film) to explore the genre of portraiture. Working in teams, they created pieces that documented each members’ individual concept.

Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 12:59pm

Noted artist Ann Morris, her son Brook Morris of California and daughter Clea Costa Van Voorhis of Illinois are providing Western Washington University and its students with an extraordinary gift – 14.5 acres of Lummi Island forest that surround her studio and provide the setting for her figurative bronze sculptures sited in the wild quiet called Sculpture Woods.