In the Media

Friday, September 22, 2017 - 9:20am

The daughter of Shayla Martin, who died in the shooting at Cascade Mall in Burlington last September, just started a college scholarship in her mother’s name.

Martin was one of five people shot and killed last September inside the Macy’s at Cascade Mall. This Saturday marks one year since the tragedy.

Martin’s daughter, Tanya Young, started the scholarship in her honor at Skagit Valley College, where Young graduated in 2015; she is now a senior at Western.
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 9:19am
KGMI Radio

About 4,200 students move into Western Washington University residence halls and apartments this weekend.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:41am
The Bellingham Business Journal

The Academy Center for Cyberspace Research of the U.S. Air Force Academy has awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant to Western Washington University assistant professor Julian Rrushi. Rrushi works in the computer science department and his research is focused on defending electronic devices from malware attacks. One research objective is intrusion intolerance, which enables a compromised computer to isolate malware, then recover from them. Rrushi is also researching “attack attribution,” the effort to learn who is attacking a system.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 8:45am
Denver Post

In the race’s final miles, at Putnam Ridge, Jeffery Hart of Bellingham, Wash., proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Jennifer Thistle. He carried the ring 92 miles on a keychain in his pack, nervously checking periodically to make sure it was still there. He and his young son had selected the ring. Thistle was going to pace him for the final 11 miles.

“I wanted to make sure I could get there,” said Hart, 48, who was running in his first Hardrock. “I was motivated to finish.”

“We get to the spot, and I said, ‘We should really take a (picture); this is amazing.’ It was a high point, high on a ridge. You can see 50 miles in any direction. So I said, ‘Let me get down and get my phone out.’ And then I said, ‘My legs, I can’t get up. Will you give me your hand?’ She reached down, gave me her hand, and I said, ‘Jennifer Joy Thistle. There is nothing in the world more…’ And at some point, she said, ‘Shut up, are you serious?’

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:25pm
Washington State Governor's Office

Some districts in Washington offer programs to encourage paraeducators to become teachers, such as the Woodring Highline Future Bilingual Teacher Fellows program. The fellowship, a collaboration between Western Washington University and the Highline school district enrolls about 15 educators and was recently spotlighted by the national magazine Slate and in The Seattle Times.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:22pm
New America

The strategies employed during this one-minute interaction, such as the visual demonstration, represent best practices in helping EL students learn new vocabulary.3 It is hard to believe that Davis is not a teacher, given the skill and fluidity of her instruction. Luckily, she will soon be a certified teacher, thanks to her participation in an innovative alternative certification program being implemented at Highline Public Schools in partnership with Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University. The Woodring Highline Future Bilingual Teacher Fellow Program is designed to prepare a small group of paraprofessionals to earn their teaching certification with the goal of easing the district’s current shortage of bilingual teachers. Davis is one of 16 fellows participating in the inaugural cohort of the two-year program, which offers a bachelor’s degree and K–8 teaching credential with the option of also earning a reading endorsement, English learner endorsement, or bilingual endorsement. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 4:19pm
The Seattle Times

“Washington really is a leader in this type of work,” Garcia said. “It’s very proactive in its approach to the (teacher) shortage and opening as many routes to the profession as possible.”

In 2015, the state Legislature encouraged school districts and universities to work together to create new pathways to teacher certification, and provided competitive grants to help.

Highline Public Schools teamed up with the Woodring College of Education at Western Washington University and started the first batch of classes in the summer of 2016.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:24am
The Bellingham Herald

The No. 10 Western Washington University volleyball team will officially re-open Sam Carver Gymnasium Tuesday, Sept. 19, when it hosts Simon Fraser at 7 p.m. Admission for the match will be free, and parking in the C lots will be free after 5 p.m.

The on-campus gym recently underwent a two-year remodel, and Tuesday’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference match will be the first on the newly named WECU Court at Carver Gymnasium.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 9:21am
KGMI Radio

he nationally-ranked Western Washington University volleyball team will make its 2017 home debut on Tuesday, Sept. 19 playing the first official match on WECU Court in the renovated Carver Gymnasium.

Tuesday’s match against Simon Fraser University will start at 7 pm in the on-campus Carver Gym that recently underwent a two-year remodel. Admission for the match is free of charge and parking in the C lots on the WWU campus will be open for free parking after 5 pm.

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 11:05am
The New York Times

In 2013, as transgender people began to be included in institutions of legitimacy and power, Chris E. Vargas, a multimedia artist, invented the fictional Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, or MOTHA, as a form of institutional critique. It started as a logo and poster with images of more than 250 gender nonconforming heroes, from Chaz Bono to Peppermint Patty, that will be on view in “Trigger.”