General Stories

Published Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:42am

In a society bombarded with information, Western Washington University Computer Science graduate student Ellyn Ayton of Tacoma is working to detect some of the false information that heads our way by taking a machine-learning approach to identify “fake news” on Twitter.

Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 3:00pm

Jane Goodall, conservationist and world-renowned expert on chimpanzees, will present “Jane Goodall: Tomorrow and Beyond” at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the Mount Baker Theatre in downtown Bellingham. The presentation is sold out.

Goodall is founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. Her discovery that chimpanzees make a use of tools rocked the scientific world and redefined the relationship between humans and animals. She travels the world speaking about the threats facing chimpanzees, environmental crises, and her reasons for hope.

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:18am

Sandra Alfers, professor of German in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity has been named a recipient of the 2018 Rep. Timm Ormbsy Award for Faculty Citizenship.

Published Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 10:27am


Offering a unique opportunity to Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies students, the Adventure Learning Grant (ALG) provides a $20,000 stipend awarded annually to three adventurous students looking to close their textbooks and experience alternative lifestyles and cultures around the world.

Junior Clare Casey was introduced to the Adventure Learning Grants as an incoming Fairhaven student. She was awarded the grant this year to travel to the Torres Strait Islands, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia beginning in mid-September.

Published Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:28am


“A promise is a promise” as the saying goes, and for young students in Honduras a promise will be kept this summer, when Western’s Tara Perry returns to their classroom.

Last summer while on a direct service project where her main goal was to serve, teach, and learn from the community, she found it difficult to communicate with her students because she was not fluent in Spanish, so she set out to change that.

Published Monday, June 4, 2018 - 2:12pm

Professor and former chair of the Anthropology Department, Daniel Boxberger is retiring after fall quarter, but he said he plans to stay busy and will continue to focus on his research and advocacy work with Native American tribes. 

Boxberger, who has taught at Western since 1983, said when he came to Western’s campus in 1971 as an undergraduate student, he never imagined he would have stayed for so long or that he would become a professor.

“I never had a goal to be a professor, I kind of just fell into it,” Boxberger said.

Published Thursday, May 31, 2018 - 10:10am

The 20th Annual Womxn of Color Empowerment Dinner, coordinated by Student Outreach Services, was held on Thursday, May 24 in the Wilson Library Reading Room. The WOCED is a signature annual event that highlights the voices and experiences of womxn of color who help to strengthen our campus. The event showcases student talent, keynote speakers, presentation of the Womxn of Color Empowerment Award and Womxn of Color Empowerment Scholarship, and fundraising efforts.

Published Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 2:48pm

WWU student veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines planted more than 150 flags in front of Old Main lawn this week to represent Washington state service members who have died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001.  

The flags were placed by the AS Veteran Outreach Center with the help of students including Alex Miller, Reuben Cuenca, Nick Scheuing, Garet Huddleston and Russell Thompson, who is the AS Veteran Outreach coordinator.


Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 11:13am


After spending over a decade in the concert industry touring with bands like The Toadies and Reverend Horton Heat as a tour manager and guitar technician, Texas native Wes Solem felt an overwhelming desire to challenge himself to find a new path — a path he found at Western doing neurodegenerative disease research.

Now, the senior Behavioral Neuroscience and Molecular Cell Biology major has been awarded a $4,000 stipend for the Donald A. King Summer Fellowship that will sponsor his 10-week research project studying Huntington’s disease.

Published Monday, May 21, 2018 - 3:10pm

Sunday marked the 18th annual Ridin’ Low in the 3-6-0 low-rider show. Gleaming paint, triple-dipped chrome, and custom wire rims were just a few aspects of the show. Eighteen years ago students as part of the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.) at WWU envisioned a community event that celebrated Chicanx culture through music, dance performances, community activism, hop contests, and food.