Western Washington University’s fall enrollment figures show that the freshman class is the largest in the history of the university. And overall fall enrollment for students of color is the highest ever at Western.
Western Washington University will host Bert Webber, founding fellow of Western’s Salish Sea Studies Institute and professor emeritus of Geography and Environmental Social Sciences, for a presentation titled “The Salish Sea: What’s in a Name?” from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the Map Collection area of Western Libraries.
This event is free and open to the public.
Did you know that Western has its own monthly student-produced TV show, Western Window? It airs on local cable channel KVOS, Bellingham cable access channel BTV10, and online via Western's own youTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/wwu.
Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies will offer a 15-credit educational travel program, “The Cuban Experience: Socio-Politico/ Agro Environmental Issues,” this winter. This course is designed to acquaint students with historical and contemporary issues impacting the Cuban state, and will entail both a seven-week on-campus instruction period and a three-week faculty-led segment in the Republic of Cuba from Feb. 11 to March 1.
“Leaning into discomfort” – the act of pushing ourselves into places that make us think critically about ourselves, our actions, and our perceptions of the world and how they affect others – is never an easy thing.
Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar.
“Sugar can be just as habit-forming as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin,” he said. “Our brains learn to covet sugar, and, once given it, release the same chemical, dopamine, that is increased by most abused drugs.”
Acclaimed Holocaust Studies scholar and Academy Award-winning film producer Michael Berenbaum will visit Western Washington University and deliver the inaugural lecture for the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.19, in Arntzen Hall 100 on Western’s campus.
Western's Alumni Association hosted the first annual "Paint Bellingham Blue" event last night, as hundreds of Western Washington University students, alumni, employees and family members gathered in Downtown Bellingham to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year.
Welcoming Convocation for new students was held last night with a greeting in the PAC from President Sabah Randhawa, AS President Stephanie Cheng, and Theatre Professor Rich Brown, while Senior Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Eileen Coughlin led the evening, The remarks inside the PAC were followed by fireworks and the traditional "corridor cheer" welcome from faculty, staff, and returning students.
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