Western Washington University alumnus Daman Wandke, CEO of AbiliTrek, officially launched the website for his company in front of supporters Monday, April 25 at Kombucha Town.
Western Window, the university's monthly TV program, recently hosted Temple Grandin, who has been called "the most famous and accomplished person with autism in the world." She spoke on the Western Window set with host Chris Roselli about what it was like to grow up with autism and find her own niche and path to a successful career as an educator, industrial designer and autism advocate -- and how she hopes she can inspire other "quirky kids" to find what makes them each unique and special.
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.