In the Media

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 11:01am
The Bellingham Herald

The Western Reads/First-Year Interest Groups fall film series, “Diversity and Diverse Voices in the American Cultural Landscape,” will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Sept. 27-Nov. 29, in Bond Hall 105 on the campus of Western Washington University.

All events are free and open to the public. The film choices are in support of this year’s Western Reads book, “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. A panel discussion will follow each film.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:58am
Fairbanks News-Miner

The Alaska Nanooks ended their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference road trip with a three-set loss Saturday night at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.

The Nanooks fell 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 to the Vikings, who are ranked 20th among NCAA Division II teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:56am
The Bellingham Herald

A key figure in shaping Canada’s monetary policy will give a presentation at Western Washington University.

Stephen Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada, will talk about cross-border trade and monetary policy 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26. The event will be on campus in theCommunication Facility building, room No. 115. The event is open to the public. Parking is available in the C and 12A parking lots for a $2 fee.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:55am
The Bellingham Herald

Grounded in social and environmental justice and human rights, Western Washington University’s fall World Issues Forum lecture series, organized by Western’s Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, will focus on topics such as immigration, corporate accountability and access to information, says Cloie Chapman, coordinator for the series.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:53am
The Skagit Valley Herald

KIDS NIGHT OUT: Western Washington University will host a Kids Night Out event at its Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes from noon to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.

Kids in grades K-6 will learn about marine animals and underwater life with hands-on activities.

Cost is $20. For more information, visit

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:51am
Ottawa Business Journal

Poloz Talks Trade South of the Border: Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz will be discussing cross-border trade integration and monetary policy when he speaks Monday before Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash. Trade has become a political football in the U.S. election – expect it to be tossed around during the first presidential debate Monday evening.

Monday, September 26, 2016 - 10:44am
Seattle Times

When Americans think about security in the world of politics, they are normally thinking about international relations. But there is also a domestic dimension to security. After two more killings of African Americans by white police, and the killing of five policemen (four of whom were white, one Latino) by a black gunman, the question of our domestic security is pre-eminent.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 10:43am
The Bellingham Herald

Whatcom County experienced a big jump in production last year, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was a banner year for the local economy.

Much of Whatcom’s year-over-year growth took place in the nondurable goods category – products that are consumed in a short period of time. Oil refining dominates the nondurable goods category here. In 2014, the two refineries at Cherry Point made around $1.4 billion in product.

The BEA won’t have information about 2015 growth in specific industries until its next update in 2017, but previous years have shown that what happens with oil refining has a major influence on the area’s nondurable goods category.

Having the oil industry dominate the region can influence the numbers in a way that makes it difficult to figure out what is going on in the overall local economy, said Hart Hodges, co-director of the Center for Economic and Business Research at Western Washington University.

“Oil prices can change or just the volume of oil refined can change and we can see some big changes to our GDP, when in some sense nothing has changed” in the overall economy, Hodges said.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 9:35am
The Kansas City Star

Personnel decisions, of course, are just a fraction of the work ahead for Sterk, a former high school quarterback, catcher and guard who is conditioned to a long slog from his roots on the 100-acre farm before going on to Western Washington University.

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 11:39am

Police pulled over a lot of speeders around Western Washington University, Sehome High School, and Happy Valley and Lowell Elementary Schools.

The Monday afternoon emphasis resulted in officers pulling over 162 drivers, issuing 112 infractions, and arresting two people for driving with a suspended license.

The focus was on speeding, but police also stopped 20 drivers for cell phone use and texting.