General Stories

Published Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 9:53am

Western Washington University invites the community to join the virtual celebration of graduates on Saturday, June 12, in three online ceremonies that feature messages of congratulations from families, faculty, Gov. Jay Inslee and students themselves.  

Published Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 12:45pm

Richard Simon, a senior instructor in WWU's Honors Program and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was recently named a finalist in the Pen America Literary Awards' Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for his unpublished book, "The Dolphin Ambassador's Daughter."

Published Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 9:25am

Following 25 years of service to Western Washington University, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brent Carbajal has announced his retirement effective summer 2022.

Published Friday, June 4, 2021 - 9:53am

Dear WWU Community,

Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as our new Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WWU Foundation effective July 1. Kim currently serves as Associate Vice President of Advancement at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a position she has held since September 2019. The start date provides considerable overlap for transition with Stephanie Bowers, who will be retiring after 20 years of exemplary service to Western at the end of summer.

Published Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 9:16am

Two students in Western Washington University’s Department of Design, Coral Saville and Mercedes Schrenkeisen, have each won a Student Silver Addy award at the American Advertising Awards in Seattle in the category "Elements of Advertising, Animation or Special Effects."

Saville won a Silver Addy for her project "Supernatural," a recreation of the title sequence for the popular TV show.

Published Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:19pm

In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.

Published Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 10:47am

Western Washington University’s Salish Sea Institute today released its comprehensive “State of the Salish Sea” report; in it, more than 20 authors and contributors illustrate how the ecosystem is under relentless pressure from an accelerating convergence of global and local environmental stressors and the cumulative impacts of 150 years of development and alteration of our watersheds and seascape.

Published Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 9:57am

Western's chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) will host a fundraiser/screening of the film "My Beautiful Stutter" via Zoom this Friday, May 21, at 5 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Speech and Hearing Clinic on campus. A virtual Q&A will follow the film.

Published Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 12:27pm

They say bad things come in threes, but don’t tell that to WWU Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jeanine Amacher. She has received three career milestones during just this school year alone – a paper about to be published and a pair of important grants – and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“It feels odd to say anything positive about the past year given the pandemic, but wow, I’ll take it,” Amacher said.

Published Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 9:46am

Christopher ‘Caskey’ Russell has been named the new dean of the Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Russell, hired following a national search, will start in his new job at Western on Aug. 16. He succeeds John Bower, a Fairhaven College faculty member, who served a one-year, fixed term appointment as Fairhaven College dean.