General Stories


Published Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 11:21am

Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies annually rewards three students from the university with an Adventure Learning Grant – a $20,000 stipend that lets students travel abroad in an effort to add to their education in a way that only leaving the country can do.

The grant was started by the recently deceased David Mason, a retired Fairhaven professor, in an attempt to enable more students to learn abroad.

Published Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:45pm

Curiosity, the Mars rover that Western’s Assistant Professor of Geology Melissa Rice helps to operate, sends her a 360-degree image of the Planet’s desolate landscape every morning.

As if seeing brand-new images from another planet isn’t amazing enough, the new Microsoft HoloLens headset that Rice recently received uses these photos to produce an augmented reality simulation of the Mars landscape. This allows Rice to explore, virtually, the Mars landscape around the rover.

Published Monday, January 23, 2017 - 12:00pm

Picture the African continent without its 214 million annual cases of malaria. Or South America devoid of the scourge of the new terror of the Zika virus. Or developing nations in the tropics not spending hard-won resources fighting dengue fever, an illness so painful that it’s also known as “break-bone fever” because at its height it feels like your own bones are breaking inside your body.

Picture it happening because scientists could do it. Today.

Published Friday, January 13, 2017 - 3:13pm

Western Washington University alumnus Ty Minton-Small, a cinematographer for the critically acclaimed documentary “Gleason,” will discuss the film at a public screening at Western Friday, Feb. 3 at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. 

Published Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 9:47am

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education presents talks by noted animal scientist and autism self-advocate Temple Grandin on Feb. 7.

Grandin will speak in a free informal question and answer session from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 in the WWU Performing Arts Center. The Q and A will focus on “How Families and School Can Support Individuals with Autism.”

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 1:16pm

Office of Communications and Marketing Visual Journalism interns Caleb Albright, Paloma Ovesen and Christina Becker will work throughout winter quarter to capture Western's unique student experience for Western Today. Check back often!

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 10:45am

Western BFA students talk about the passion that drives them to explore and develop their portfolios as they prepare for careers in the Fine Arts. Video by Fall Office of Communications and Marketing intern Krya Bruce; click here to view the video or go to

Published Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 9:15am

Western Washington University student Audrey Cheung of Hong Kong and her faculty advisor, Associate Professor of Chemistry John Gilbertson, have won a Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research from the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Published Monday, December 19, 2016 - 9:13am

The WOOT (Western Outdoor Orientation Trips) ease new students into the concept of being away at college while at the same time forging bonds that can last throughout their university experience.

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Published Monday, December 12, 2016 - 12:21pm

Jennifer Kutcher, president and CEO of Whatcom Educational Credit Union, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families in three fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday,  Dec. 10 in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage. Approximately 675 undergraduates and about 31 master’s candidates received degrees this quarter. Good luck winter graduates - we miss you already!