General Stories

Published Monday, March 1, 2021 - 11:13am

United Way of Whatcom County is partnering with Western Washington University's Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) to conduct a local child care demand study that will inform a community-wide effort to increase access to affordable high-quality childcare and early learning options in our community.

The assessment work is part of a collaborative effort to address the burgeoning child care crisis in Whatcom County.

Published Monday, March 1, 2021 - 10:38am

Western's College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the WWU Alumni Association will present "Curating and Presenting Lasting Literature: WWU's Bellingham Review" at noon on Wednesday, March 10 via Zoom as part of the CHSS Dean's Lecture Series.

Published Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 9:39am

Former Western Professor Donald Alper recently sat down with Western Today to discuss his new book, “Bridging the Longest Border: A History of Canadian-American Studies at Western Washington University.”  

Alper, who worked at Western for 43 years, also served as the director of Western’s Center for Canadian–American Studies for 22 years and is well known internationally for his work in advancing Canadian studies in the United States. This publication comes as the center celebrates its 50th Anniversary.  


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.