General Stories

Published Monday, May 21, 2018 - 2:30pm

WWU Alumni Weekend (formerly Back2B’ham) May 18-20 included reunions and activities for alumni, faculty and staff, students, friends, family, and the greater community. 

Published Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 11:14am

Western Washington University graduates and students have received five Fulbright Scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year, making Western one of the top producers of the prestigious award.

“I’ve always believed Western students can compete with the best around the country,” said Tom Moore, director of Western’s Fellowships Office. “Fulbright application readers know what they’re looking for in students.”

Published Monday, May 14, 2018 - 1:52pm

Western Economics major Mary Moeller of Bellingham recently won Best Undergraduate Research Paper at the annual Western Association for Borderlands Studies conference in San Antonio, Texas for her essay, “The Canada-U.S. Security Relationship: A Study of Cross-Border Collaboration against Human Trafficking Focusing on the Pacific Northwest.”

Published Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 1:24pm


Lasers, 3D printers and million-year-old fossils are bringing together high tech and ancient creatures in a digitization project by Assistant Professor of Geology Robyn Dahl.

Dahl uses laser scans to make 3D computer models of the specimens from the department’s fossil collection. Those scans can then be input into 3D printers so students can have tangible items for study, while the 3D models are viewable online in what Dahl calls “the YouTube of digital fossil scans.”          

Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 11:16am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Biology Robin Kodner will present “Watermelon Snow: The Invisible Life in Bellingham's Backyard” starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the Bellingham City Council chambers, second floor, Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is offered as part of the annual “Science and the UniverCity” community science lecture series. It is sponsored by Western’s College of Science and Engineering, the City of Bellingham, and the BP Cherry Point Refinery.

Published Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:16am

To Western sophomore Darby Finnegan, the world hidden beneath ocean tides is extraordinary and unknown. Originally from Grangeville, Idaho, the Honors Program student found an opportunity to learn more about life under the sea through Western’s Marine Science Scholar Program.

“The Marine Biology program is absolutely what made me decide to come [to Western],” Finnegan said. “Shannon Point Marine Center, having that satellite campus where undergrads can do research, was my major incentive for coming here.”

Published Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:04am

Paqui Paredes Méndez has been appointed to serve for a two-year term as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Paredes, who is professor of Spanish and chair of the WWU Department of Modern and Classical Languages, will start as CHSS dean on July 23, 2018. She succeeds current CHSS Dean Brent Mallinckrodt, who is transitioning to serve as a faculty member in Western’s Department of Psychology.

Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 9:52am

Noted disability rights advocate Keith Jones will speak at Western Washington University on May 18 and 19.

His talk is sponsored by Western’s Woodring College of Education in conjunction with the Ershig Assistive Technology Resource Center and the Department of Special Education and Education Leadership.

Jones is a hip-hop artist and president of Soul Touchin’ Experiences, an organization focused on issues related to inclusion, Civil Rights, and empowerment of people with disabilities. He will present a pair of free talks open to the public on Western’s campus at:

Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 9:41am


Using Skagit County’s Helping Hands Food Bank and Neighbors in Need Food Bank as test subjects, Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research (CEBR) recently completed a study charting the economic importance of food banks on the communities they serve, from the direct-spending impacts of the food distribution, to the ripple factors on local employment and sales, to the food bank’s impact on vital community statistics around crime and health.

Published Monday, April 30, 2018 - 9:50am

100+ Women of Whatcom, a group started by Western faculty and staff members that holds fundraising events in the spring and fall every year to gather donations for local nonprofits, recently raised nearly $6,000 for Futures Northwest, an organization in Bellingham that helps aspiring college students pay for their education. With some late donations still coming in, the group hopes to give just under $10,000 in total.