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
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
From an outsider’s point of view, Cortni Alexander is just another student studying at Western. But, what they don’t see is the bumpy road she had back to civilian life after an early career in the military.
“I definitely have a lot more freedom and time to do what I want now, but at the same time it was a struggle. I left a life of structure, order and a support system with my friends in the military who were going through the same things as me, to a place I knew nothing about or a life style I wasn’t used to,” Alexander said.
As part of her research focus on Human-Centered Technology, Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Computer Science Moushumi Sharmin and her students have completed a prototype design for “MyQuitPal,” a smartphone-based smoking-cessation system that integrates technology similar to that in a Fitbit to help track user’s data and assist them in quitting smoking.
Will spring quarter come in like a lion and go out like a lamb? The Visual Journalism interns in the Office of Communications and Marketing scour the campus each day to find interesting shots that help tell Western's story. Check back often for more images!
The Opera Studio of WWU’s Music Department will produce the Cole Porter Broadway hit “Kiss Me, Kate” on the Mainstage of the Performing Arts Center April 14 & 15 and April 21-23. The production features a full live orchestra.
Western Washington University has created a new research center, the Mountain Environments Research Institute (MERI) and named Environmental Sciences Department research faculty member John All as its founding director.
The mission of MERI is to develop an inclusive and collaborative research, conservation, and education community through local and international field-based programming to facilitate innovative scientific research, improve life for mountain peoples, foster effective mountain stewardship, and to create the next generation of skilled mountain researchers.
Western Washington University Senior Marine Scientist Suzanne Strom of the Shannon Point Marine Center is part of a group of scientists recently awarded $5.6 million by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to conduct research over the next five years in the Northern Gulf of Alaska.
The grant funding supports the formation by the NSF of the Northern Gulf of Alaska Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, one of 28 such sites spread across the country’s mountains, plains, rivers, forests, and oceans.
WWU commencement images by Dan Levine.
Grounded in social and environmental justice and human rights, the Spring World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will focus on topics such as nationalism, immigration, and political ideologies.
The forums, now in their 15th year, are free and open to the campus community and general public. The forums are held from noon to 1:20 p.m. every Wednesday in the Fairhaven Auditorium, unless otherwise noted below.