General Stories

Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 9:08am

Western Washington University, in partnership with the City of Bellingham, will host the Third Annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

This year, the Western Washington University Alumni Association has donated an additional $40,000 in energy-efficient LED lights, bringing the total to more than 250 illuminated trees donated for downtown (more than 2600 strands of lights.)

Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:04am

The Western Gallery at Western Washington University has received a $132,000 grant to restore the Donald Judd sculpture ‘Untitled 1982,” part of the university’s acclaimed sculpture collection.

The grant is from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), which is the primary source of federal support for the nation's libraries and museums.

Published Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 9:44am

About 4,100 students will move into Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments, beginning Sunday, Sept. 16, with the majority arriving Friday, Sept. 21 through Sunday, Sept. 23.

The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Published Monday, September 10, 2018 - 1:31pm

More than 50 teachers and scholars from Whatcom and Skagit counties gathered at Western over the summer with peers from Taiwan and Mongolia to learn more about English language teaching programs in their respective schools and countries.

The Bellingham Regional TESOL Conference in late July in the Viking Union was the first of what planners envision as an annual event to welcome new teachers into the local TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and ESL (English as a Second Language) communities.

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 2:45pm

Can species thrive together? Can we learn from nature to remediate environmental problems? Is hope possible in the Anthropocene?

Western Gallery’s fall exhibition, “Modest Forms of Biocultural Hope,” which runs Sept. 26 through Dec. 8, focuses on these questions as well as creative efforts to address ecological concerns. Four art installations explore the complex relationships between biology and culture.

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 1:09pm

Biodiversity plays a significant role in forest carbon storage, but surprisingly less than previously thought, according to research in Ecology Letters that was led in part by Western Washington University Biology Professor David Hooper.

Published Monday, August 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

About 445 undergraduate and 35 master’s students graduated from Western Saturday in summer quarter commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium.

Western Washington University alumnus Brett Jordan, manager of Internal Audit at Russell Investments in Seattle, addressed graduates and their families. The student speaker was Rebekah Way, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in journalism with a news editorial emphasis, and a minor in music.  

Published Friday, August 24, 2018 - 11:27am

Genocide is nothing new.

The atrocities of murdering and displacing entire groups of people based on their ethnicity, nationality or religion has been a festering scar on humanity for thousands of years. It wasn’t until after the Holocaust that the international community, as a group, began to seek trials and punish those involved in committing such abhorrent crimes against humanity.

Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 9:47am

The human body has a complex system of defenses designed to find, attack and destroy any foreign body that makes its way inside; sometimes that attack can take the form of physically destroying the intruder, or the body can simply encase the object in proteins, in effect wrapping it up and isolating it.

But as advances in medical science push boundaries into new and exciting territories, finding ways to fool our body’s defenses – because something being introduced into the body is actually helpful, not harmful – is becoming more important.

Published Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 9:33am

Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies Associate Professor Hilary Schwandt returned from Rwanda at the end of July after a month of researching the country’s impressive family planning program.

The purpose of her trip was to analyze, recognize and share Rwanda’s successful program in the hopes that other nations could follow on its success as well.

The research was conducted in three parts to give a full understanding of Rwanda's programs; the first trip was last summer, followed by the second trip in February, and finishing with the most recent trip this summer.