Brooklyn Groves, a 2013 Marysville Getchell High School graduate and senior at Western Washington University, was named the statewide Student Employee of the Year from the Washington State Association of Student Employment Administrators.
Back in 1955, when he was not even halfway into his first year teaching at Anacortes High School at the tip of Fidalgo Island in northwest Washington, he received an Army draft notice. Upon hearing the news, his students put together a petition to delay the 22-year-old teacher’s draft until the end of the school year.
A year-long project with Western Washington University is planned to study flood risks in west Stanwood and find options for business and homeowners to protect properties and lower insurance rates.
The Stanwood City Council voted last week to be part of the university’s Sustainable Communities Partnership. The program lets students gain experience while helping solve issues highlighted by the cities. In Stanwood’s case, the issue is a historic downtown that sits in the floodplain of the Stillaguamish River, creating difficulties for those who want to live or run a business there.
Proving your business idea can make it in the real world is tough enough for most experienced entrepreneurs. That is why the journey of the top 16 teams in the UW Business Plan Competition is so special. They convinced nearly 300 judges that their ideas were viable enough to advance past the Investment Round. The semifinalists and two alternates—listed below—were chosen out of a pool of 36 teams at the event hosted by the Foster School’s Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship. Each had about four hours of face time with entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, and BPC alumni from the Seattle area.
‘Icefall’ by John All
Maybe you remember All from an 11-minute YouTube video in which he films his own escape from a 70-foot crevasse on Everest in 2014. In Icefall, the scientist elaborates on other scary run-ins from his travels studying the changing climate, from avalanches to snakes. But yes, reading about that crevasse fall is a highlight, especially since All lets us in on parts of the escape he didn’t capture on camera—considering he climbed out with 15 broken bones, we can't blame him for not filming the whole thing.
Profile of Western freshman Juan Guitron, first in his family to attend college
Maryscott Greenwood makes a characteristically strong and persuasive case that the United States and Canada should be bolder in reconciling the differences in our regulatory standards. Doing so would make it possible to overcome obstacles to market access that are particularly challenging for small and medium-sized enterprises in both countries — and opening trade to SMEs was one of the main purposes of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and to some extent of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Rad Cunningham’s path to public service was an adventurous one. After graduating from Western Washington University with a degree in Cultural Anthropology, he was not quite sure what to do next. He took a leap and joined the Peace Corps, serving in Paraguay as an Environmental Sanitation Volunteer, which, according to Rad, “is a fancy word for toilet builder.” However, the volunteers did not just build toilets, they also dug wells and built brick ovens to improve the ease of collecting water and cooking for rural families.
WORLD ISSUES FORUMS: Western Washington University hosts a series of forums on world issues at noon each Wednesday at the Western Washington University’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies. The forums are free and open to the public. wwu.edu.
May 17, Immigration and Women Employment: Outlook from Madagascar, with Estelle Antilahy.
May 24, Media in Armed Conflicts, with Olivier Ndikumana, graduate student, University of Washington.
As the season for America’s national pasttime gears up, Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa talks about the cultural equivalent where he grew up, in South Asia.