In the Media

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:19am
Seattle Times

“TWELVE LINEAR FEET.” For nonhistorians, these would have been mostly empty words: meaningless descriptors denoting, literally, the physical shelf space consumed by an archival collection.

For Laura Laffrado, they were four full yards of Oh My God.

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 8:18am
Seattle Times

You’ve likely never heard of the pioneer-era author who was our first Poet Laureate — but her literary legacy is re-emerging with resonance.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:23am
Spokesman-Review

Linklater, who graduated last week, took the message to heart after transferring from Lewis and Clark High School midway through his freshman year.

“It wasn’t happening for me at LC, but here I can make a connection in the community and make a difference for the community,” said Linklater, whose 210-square-foot creation is the product of his own ambition and imagination.

Cost was mitigated by his parents, who paid for most of the materials. Other items were obtained at wholesale from friends who are contractors.

Linklater did the rest, learning how to weld and frame. The interior is unfinished, but give him time.

Linklater will live in the dorms this fall at Western Washington University but plans to complete his creation and move it to Bellingham in time to live in it during the fall of 2019.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:20am
Skagit Valley Herald

Western Washington University Economics Professor Hart Hodges said there is not enough data to determine how much tariffs are to blame for cost increases. Demand is also a factor, as Cook said.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 9:18am
Whatcom Talk

The Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce has partnered with game vendor Late for the Sky Production Company to create Bellinghamopoly, a Bellingham-themed monopoly game which features local businesses, events and parks!

The game will be available for purchase in August 2018 at Whatcom county Haggen’slocations, Woods Coffee shops, Village Books and the Western Washington Universitystudent bookstore on campus.

Haggen and Woods Coffee are the major contributors/sponsors of Bellinghamopoly.

The game pieces are inspired by icons of the Bellingham community; tokens include a coffee cup from Woods Coffee, a book from Village Books, a Viking Helmet from Western Washington University, a Haggen shopping cart and a statue from Mount Baker Theatre, with the final token being chosen by the community with a social media contest.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:28am
Skagit Valley Herald

Alexander Hood will be the first to say he wasn’t a stellar student during his time at Anacortes High School.

Classes didn’t interest him, he said, and after graduating in 2003 he didn’t want to attend any more of them.

Things have changed since then.

On Friday, Hood graduated from Skagit Valley College with awards from the physics and math departments, the President’s Medal for maintaining a 3.9 GPA and the college’s Sydney S. McIntyre scholarship.

“I’ve had a good experience,” Hood said. “It’s really a fun place. I’m sad to go.”

The full-ride scholarship is for students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who plan to transfer to an in-state, four-year university to study basic or applied sciences.

“It’s something I’m very, very happy I decided to do,” Hood said of his 2015 decision to go back to school. “I wanted to prove to everyone that I was able to accomplish something even though I didn’t do well in high school.”

Hood plans to attend Western Washington University in the fall, where he will study renewable energy source engineering.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 10:26am
Inside Higher Ed

Growing numbers of American universities are contracting with corporate entities to recruit for and help manage first-year “pathway” programs for international students who don’t meet the criteria for direct admission. The number of such pathway programs in the U.S. has grown from a mere handful to more than 50 within the past decade. The programs proliferate even as the total number of new international students coming to the U.S. declines and competition for every full-pay international student intensifies.

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 11:12am
Seattle Times

The “poor starving college student” moniker is often used tongue in cheek, but the reality is approximately half of college students are “food insecure,” meaning they have low or very low food security, and food insecurity is strongly linked to lower graduation rates. To address this problem, Western Washington University’s Associated Students established the WWU Food Pantry to increase the health and success of its students.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 10:46am
KGMI Radio

Western Washington University students will flock to donation stations in popular Bellingham neighborhoods this weekend.

Move Out Madness is an annual event for the responsible disposal and donation of household items, clothes, non-perishable food, recyclable materials and landfill waste.

Collection points will be located in the York, Sehome and Happy Valley neighborhoods from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. this Saturday, June 15.

The service is free with a valid student ID.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 9:37am
The Weather Network

Watermelon snow is one of nature's peculiarities. Scientists don't fully understand it, or the long-term impact it could have on the environment.

Here's one thing they do know: Watermelon may look neat but it's not something conservationists want to see.

According to a study in Nature Communications, red algae can reduce a snow's albedo -- i.e., the ability to reflect light -- by up to 13 per cent. That means the snow absorbs more of the sun's energy and melts faster.

Couple that with a stint of above-seasonal temperatures and you've got a recipe for accelerated melting.

Dr. Robin Kodner, an assistant professor of biology at Western Washington University, is at the forefront of watermelon snow research. She's started giving out kits to citizen scientists who want to document and record the phenomenon, which shows up at seemingly random times.

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