General Stories

Published Monday, April 29, 2019 - 1:49pm

Every college student has had days, weeks, months and maybe even years when they feel the weight of the world pushing down on them as they try to juggle school, work and social responsibilities.

Faculty members Katherine Anderson of the English Department and Nick Galati of the Biology Department know the pressures of a university environment as well as anyone. To try to alleviate some of this pressure they are creating the “Community Office Hours” program to provide extra support for students and to contribute to a supportive campus community.

Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 11:14am

Spring quarter’s World Issues Forum lecture series, held by Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will expand upon global ideas regarding climate change, political asylum, engaging with cultures abroad, Indigenous exploitation, globalization and the Civil War.

Open to the public, these forums are free and feature renowned authors and researchers. The forums will be held through May 29, every Wednesday from noon to 1:25 p.m. in the Fairhaven College Auditorium, unless otherwise noted.


Published Friday, April 19, 2019 - 9:59am

Alia Khan, a brand new Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences in the Huxley College of the Environment (she started at Western in March), has spent almost every minute of her research time, from her master’s work through her doctoral thesis and post-doc work, somewhere near the Earth’s poles, from Svalbard, Greenland and the Chukchi Sea to Antarctica and the mountains of Chile, New Zealand and Nepal.  Western Today recently sat down with Khan to talk about her research into what is happening to snow and ice across the world as global climate change becomes a f

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 10:28am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Engineering and Design John Misasi and two of his students attended the Waterborne Symposium, an environmentally friendly coating technologies conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana on Feb. 24.

Lina Ghanbari of Sammamish and Levi Hamernik of Boulder, Colorado attended the 46th Annual Conference with their professor. Misasi said the conference was a great learning experience for Ghanbari and Hamernik.

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 4:36pm

Western Washington University will build a new residence hall at its main campus.

Western also is planning construction of two other new buildings, an Interdisciplinary Science Building and a Consolidated Academic Support Services Facility, pending final approval of state funding by the Legislature.

Published Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:25am

What does science fiction have to do with social justice?

Come explore on Thursday, April 18, as the Western Reads program hosts three authors from Octavia's Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, the 2018-2019 Western Reads book. Octavia’s Brood, named in honor of Black feminist sci-fi writer Octavia Butler, is an anthology of radical science fiction written by community organizers and activists.

Published Monday, April 8, 2019 - 12:23pm

Western’s Board of Trustees on Thursday recognized the historic importance of the creation of the University’s first executive director of American Indian/Alaska Native and First Nations Relations & Tribal Liaison to the President, and they extended a warm welcome to Laural Ballew, who recently began work in the position

“This is a historic moment in the history of Western Washington University,” said Trustees Chair Earl Overstreet.

Published Monday, April 8, 2019 - 9:27am

Western Washington University’s Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education will host journalist, author and television producer Hedrick Smith, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes and two Emmy Awards, for “Taking Back Our Democracy” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in Arntzen Hall 100.

This presentation is free and open to the public.

Published Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 3:32pm

Once or twice a year, Western’s Assistant Police Chief Keith Williams travels to the Philippines to give a group of young students there the basic supplies they need for school and life.

This March, Williams traveled to the city of Naga in the Bicol region of the Philippines. The primary purpose of this trip was to supply 169 elementary and middle school students with new shoes.

Published Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 1:56pm

WWU Visual Journalism student Alaena Fletcher, intern in the office of Communications and Marketing this quarter, will post their photographic insights into the student experience at WWU here each weekday.