General Stories

Published Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:05am

In the summer of 2012, a Western Washington University student stood crying tears of joy in front of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” while visiting New York City with Professor of Art Garth Amundson and Associate Professor of Art Pierre Gour.

Seeing that student’s emotional response was the genesis of “Metro Art Access: NYC,” a 10-day summer course offered through Extended Ed and Summer Programs, that provides all Western students the chance to travel to New York City to see some of the most famous museums and pieces of art in the world.

Published Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:25am

Western Washington University is one of five regional schools to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior on its Northwest Climate Science Center; the University of Washington will host the center on its campus, and Boise State University, the University of Montana and Washington State University, along with WWU, are the member institutions in the consortium.

Published Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:57am

Since 1983, Western Washington University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has helped local entrepreneurs develop and grow their businesses.  One such business is Overflow Taps in Lynden, which donates 25 cents of every pint sold to help solve the global water crisis. The business was co-founded by Western alumni Adam Stacey, along with business partners Jesse Nelson and Josh Libolt.

Published Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 9:59am

Donna Gibbs has been selected as vice president for University Relations and Marketing at Western Washington University, WWU President Sabah Randhawa announced today.

Gibbs, currently vice president for Marketing and Communications at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, was selected following a national search and will start at Western on Aug. 28, 2017. She succeeds Vice President Steve Swan, who is retiring.

Published Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 12:37pm

BELLINGHAM -- Dozens of Western Washington University students have received Outstanding Graduates for the 2016-17 academic year.

Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

Published Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 11:12am

In the summer of 2004 “The Art, Science and Ethics of Fly Fishing” was first offered at Western Washington University by Professor of Environmental Science Leo Bodensteiner and Adjunct Instructor Steve Meyer, and the class has since become a summer staple for students and local community members.

“The Art, Science and Ethics of Fly Fishing” is a four-week course that covers organism identification, fly fishing techniques, knowledge of conservation and stream ecology around streams.

Published Friday, July 28, 2017 - 9:33am

Western Washington University’s Extended Education Youth Program is once again hosting a three-week visit by 20 students, grades 4-6, from Cheongju, Korea; the students arrived at Western in mid-July to attend Odyssey of Science and Arts Camps and ESL cultural classes.

During the first week of August the students will leave campus and travel across town weekday mornings to the Whatcom Boys and Girls Club for community experiences with local youth.

Published Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 9:27am

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Tim Kowalczyk has been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research predictive modeling of photoactive materials.

Published Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:27am

Students Regina O’Kelley (Environmental Science, Seattle, pictured at right) and Roslyn Martin (Biology, Federal Way) are spending the summer researching how light levels and soil biota interact to affect the growth of an invasive plant, spotted knapweed.

Associate Professor of Environmental Science Rebecca Bunn is the faculty advisor for O’Kelley and Martin.

Published Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 9:05am

This summer, Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Marco Hatch is taking to the islands of the Pacific Northwest to study clam gardens.

“Clam gardens are intertidal areas that indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest have historically cultivated to harvest shellfish,” said Hatch.

Clam gardens are terraced in order to create ideal conditions, similarly to how farmers terrace hills to grow more grapes.