General Stories

Published Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 8:46am

Social media has come a long way since MySpace exploded in popularity almost 20 years ago; it is now the way billions of people around the world consume news and stay connected to friends and family.  

Western Washington University Journalism Senior Instructor Joan Connell, who teaches classes on media ethics, chatted with Western Today about the social media landscape as it pertains to journalistic ethics, corporate responsibility and accountability, and political agendas.  

Published Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 9:28am

Western’s senior Planning Studio class, offered as part of the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Program (UPSD) in the Huxley College of the Environment, has earned the 2020 Excellence in Planning award for its project last school year on the redevelopment of downtown Ferndale.  

The award was granted by the Planning Association of Washington (PAW) and the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA). 

Published Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:57am

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Geology Melissa Rice is going to be working nights for the next three months.

Martian nights.

Rice, who is a science team member of NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission that lands on the Red Planet on Thursday, Feb. 18, said she is prepping for “90 days of jet lag” once the rover sets down.

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 1:34pm

Western Washington University has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly school designation from’s annual higher education ranking and survey.

Military Friendly investigates and identifies organizations committed to serving the military and veteran community through efforts that are comprehensive in scope and meaningful in terms of actual outcomes and impact.

Published Tuesday, February 16, 2021 - 10:18am

Western Washington University’s Division of University Relations and Marketing received top honors from the 2021 Best of CASE VIII Awards.

The division received a total of eight awards, including a Grand Gold Award for the Fall Anthem Video, and three Gold Awards recognizing Window magazine and the New Student Orientation website.

Published Monday, February 8, 2021 - 12:15pm

They went searching on a hunch, a theory fed by decades of rumors.

And in the pitch-black darkness on that day in 2011, the rumors became fact. Almost 3,000 feet below the surface of the ocean on the floor of the San Pedro Basin between Los Angeles and Catalina Island, littering the seafloor, they found what they were looking for.

Published Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 12:20pm

Dear Western Community,

As we look ahead to the days getting longer and brighter, I am also eagerly looking forward to bringing our Western community back together.  The introduction of vaccines and a continued focus on prevention measures in our state and across the country gives us reason to believe that conditions will begin to improve as we approach fall quarter. 

Published Monday, February 1, 2021 - 9:19am

Seven Western Washington University students have been selected to participate in the 2021 Legislative Internship Program in Olympia this winter.  

Nathanael Jo of Pasco, Kahler Kirk of Kelso, Frances Vail of Kirkland, Lydia Hainfield of North Bend, Davin Rose of Bellingham, Beth Taylor of Spanaway and Eric Negomir of Littleton, Colorado will intern winter quarter at the state legislature under the supervision of the House and Senate intern coordinators. 

Published Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 12:49pm

According to new research by Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Alia Khan,  red and green algae growing on snow in the Antarctic Peninsula causes significant extra snowmelt that is on par with melt from dust on snow in the Rocky Mountains, according to a first-of-its-kind scientific research study led by Khan.

Published Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 11:47am

Whatcom County’s four higher education institutions -- Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University, and Whatcom Community College -- will co-host a keynote speaker and provide opportunities for local community service to recognize the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the national holiday that bears his name.