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Published Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:58am

On Oct. 28, Western lost an important member of our campus community, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Linguistics Shaw Gynan. Shaw came to Western in 1986 as a professor of Hispanic Linguistics. He was a sociolinguist and his work on bilingualism and language policy is widely recognized, and he became the preeminent scholar of Guaraní, a language of Paraguay. 

Published Friday, November 20, 2020 - 9:14am

Western Washington University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The results, released in The Chronicle’s 13th annual Great Colleges to Work For report, are based on a survey of staff and faculty at more than 221 colleges and universities across the country; 79 of these institutions were recognized with the “Great Colleges to Work For” achievement.

Published Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 10:45am

Even the worst chemical compounds poisoning our environment and our bodies all have one thing in common: they are made up of common chemicals that pose little or no danger to us. What if we could take these harmful compounds apart, removing pieces like we would to deconstruct a LEGO creation, and turn them from a toxic compound into a harmless one?

Published Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 9:51am

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Paul ‘Chuck’ Hart, former program manager of the Center for Canadian-American Studies who retired this past January. Chuck passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 10 in Bellingham. Many of you will remember Chuck for his dedication to Western and the Center for Canadian-American Studies during his more than 40-year career. Over the years, he touched many of us with his enthusiasm, loyalty, and joy in making connections with people all across campus.

Published Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 9:19am

Trula Morehead Nicholas, an associate professor in Woodring’s Human Services Program, passed away peacefully at her home in Bellingham on Sunday, Nov. 8.

Born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, Trula grew up in a series of cities across the country, ending with Seattle, as her father moved from job to job in his career as a YMCA administrator. She received a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in psychology from Western Washington University and held many different jobs in the human services field before joining the Human Services Program in 1993.

Published Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 8:28am

Dance in Concert 2020 will be held as a virtual season of performances, with online auditions and live stream, Zoom, site-specific with socially distant performers, or pre-recorded screen dance broadcast on the web for audiences. There will be three different performances between October and December.

The first livestreaming performance was Oct. 25 and featured the choreography of Noelle Price. Over 150 people watched the performance online.

Published Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 10:41am

Western Freshman Abigayle Peterson has developed “Magnify Wellness,” a free mental wellness app available on the iOS app store.  

The app, which will also be available on the Android store this winter, includes eight features meant to develop and maintain mental wellness and resilience. These features include a chatbot named Maggie, journal entries, uplifting quotes, advice guidance, counseling, a game and requests for prayer.  

Published Monday, November 2, 2020 - 1:22pm

Images from the Great Pumpkin Hunt, social media costume contests, and more! We will add more as they come in; send us your spooky Halloween images at, and see tons more on our Flickr site, here!

Published Monday, November 2, 2020 - 9:56am

Western Washington University Professor of Philosophy Ryan Wasserman recently had his book, “Paradoxes of Time Travel,” published in paperback by Oxford University Press.  

Published Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 9:59am

Construction crews recently celebrated the “topping out” of the first section of Western Washington University’s new residence hall after placing the highest beam in the structure, marking an important milestone in one of the three major projects under construction or in design on Western’s main campus in Bellingham.