General Stories

Published Friday, January 24, 2020 - 9:55am

In his new book “Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds,” Western Washington University Associate Professor of History Jared Hardesty provides a concise, comprehensive history of slavery in New England through sharing the lived experiences of African and Indigenous slaves.

Published Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 9:16am

Hanging in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. is a portrait of Western Washington University Assistant Professor Tesla Monson -- with a beard.

Monson, a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology at Western, is a part of the Bearded Lady Project, a scientific outreach program designed to increase awareness about gender disparity and discrimination in paleontology and the sciences.

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 12:14pm

Western Washington University hosted a free breakfast for the campus and surrounding communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with a keynote from Western alumnus Jesse Moore.

Photos by Taylor Bayley and Patrick Cunningham

Published Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 8:32am

Bobbie Buzzell, a first-year graduate student at Western Washington University, has been awarded a prestigious Washington Sea Grant Communications Fellowship for 2019-2020.

Washington Sea Grant offers two Science Communications Fellowships, one for undergraduates and one for graduates.

Published Friday, January 10, 2020 - 9:11am

Western Washington University will host a free breakfast for the campus and surrounding communities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 20, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the Viking Commons, and also invites its students, faculty, and staff to engage in a day of community service in conjunction with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County in honor of the legacy of Dr. King.

Published Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 10:38am

In 1989, a new faculty member’s chance discovery on a library shelf at Western Washington University would set in motion three decades of work and help solve one of the biggest anthropological and linguistic puzzles of our time: Where did the Indigenous peoples of the Americas come from?

Published Wednesday, January 8, 2020 - 9:46am


Western Today recently sat down with Huxley Professor Gigi Berardi to chat about her new book, "FoodWISE," discussing the origins of the project and how it came about to the response it has garnered and what her plans are to support the book. FoodWISE will be released by its publisher, North Atlantic Books, on Jan. 14, with a launch party set for the downtown Bellingham Community Food Co-op at 6:30 p.m. that night. 

Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 12:02pm

About 790 students left commencement on Saturday with their diplomas; congratulations, new Viking alumni!


WWU photos by Dan Levine



Published Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 11:23am

Ted Pratt, Western Washington University’s longtime dean of students, has retired and he is being honored with a WWU scholarship in his name.

“After 32 years of dedicated and faithful service to Western, Ted Pratt retired on Dec. 5. We will miss him more than I can easily express, and also hope that retirement brings him every good thing!” said Melynda Huskey, Western’s vice president for Enrollment and Student Services.

Published Friday, December 13, 2019 - 4:14pm

A $10 million gift from Fred Kaiser and Grace Borsari will support “Building Washington’s Future,” a campaign to raise $20 million for a new building to house growing Western Washington University programs in electrical engineering, computer science and energy science, said Stephanie Bowers, president and CEO of the Western Washington University Foundation.