General Stories

Published Friday, February 10, 2017 - 1:47pm

“First Person: Diverse Student Stories,” a play in the words of Western Washington University students told from the perspective of students of color, differing abilities, ethnicities and gender identities, will be performed at 3:30 – 5 p.m. and 7:30 – 9 p.m., both Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday Feb. 24, 2017 in Old Main Theatre on the Campus of WWU.

Published Friday, February 10, 2017 - 9:06am

Western Washington University and Northwest Indian College will co-host a symposium, “The Changing Environment and The Columbia River Treaty,” on Feb. 22-23.

The symposium brings together lead negotiators from the United States and representative from Canada, Tribal and First Nations leaders, government representatives, non-government organizations, academics, and members of private industry from across the Columbia Basin to address the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty(CRT).

Published Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 12:56pm

Temple Grandin held two speaking engagements in Bellingham Tuesday, including an informal question-and-answer session with hundreds of audience members at Western on "How Families and Schools Can Support Individuals with Autism." 

Grandin, an animal scientist, inspirational speaker and autism self-advocate, also spoke to about 900 people at the Mount Baker Theatre in the evening. 

Published Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 12:43pm

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

Published Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:32am

A dusting of snow this morning made for a nasty commute but a beautiful campus!

Published Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 11:27am

Heather Mueller and her husband Richard have a lot to thank their Doberman pinscher, Alvin, for.

Both Heather, who is now a senior at Western, and her husband served in the military for nearly a decade, where they were primarily responsible for repairing and working on ejector seats for military aircraft.  Readjustment has been difficult for both of them, and Alvin has helped hold them together during the hardest times.

A few months after boot camp, Mueller began to have severe stomach pain, which was later diagnosed as endometriosis, a stomach disorder.


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.