In the Media

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 10:48am

It was 2015, and Western Washington University had a data center full of aging technology: HPE1U servers, storage area network (SAN) systems, storage arrays, Fibre Channel connections and the like. Half these systems were at end of life; the other half would be obsolete in a year. So WWU’s technology department had a decision to make. Keep going down the same path, or forge a new direction?

Ultimately, the decision came down to simple economics, says Jon Junell, assistant director of enterprise infrastructure services for the campus, located 20 miles south of the U.S.-Canada border. 

“If I just replaced everything, I was going to be able to solve half the problem for all of the money,” he says. “That’s not a very sustainable position.” 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 10:31am
Whatcom Talk

In this Chamber Speaker Series, “Cyber Security: Emerging Trends in Digital Defense” panel discussion, the audience learned about data breaches and how to recognize the signs of hackers and phishing scams as well as how to take the correct precautionary measures against these threats, before they happen.

The panelists are Dr. Julian Rrushi, an assistant professor of Computer Science at Western Washington University, Ed O’Neill, the Interim Executive Director at Technology Alliance Group (TAG) and Mark Goldenberg, a security solutions architect at CenturyLink. Each panelist gave a presentation and these were followed by a Q and A session with attendees

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:19pm
Everett Herald

Dave Tucker, research associate in geology at Western Washington University, said we can’t see the process that brought the rocks to the area, but we can certainly see the aftermath.

“I think that’s what people like about them,” Tucker said. “The big ones are so big, and people wonder where they came from.”

Monday, May 7, 2018 - 1:15pm
KGMI Radio

To help strengthen Bellingam Technical College’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs, the National Science Foundation awarded the school a nearly $650,000 scholarship grant.

BTC says over the course of five years, 36 low-income, academically talented students will receive scholarships to help connect them with regional engineering technology communities.

The college says this project is thanks to a partnership with Bellingham Makerspace, Western Washington University and the Port of Bellingham.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:33am
Kitsap Sun

Jonathan Olsen-Devenny could light up a room. 

Whether demonstrating his guitar skills on stage or hiking in the backcountry, the 21-year-old Silverdale native did few things half-heartedly. 

Olsen-Devenny, who was set to graduate from Western Washington University in June, was killed last month after a car he was driving south of Blyn in Clallam County left the road and rolled several times. Two women who were in the car with Olsen-Devenny survived.

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 11:31am
KGMI Radio

Western Washington University softball head coach Amy Suiter has announced that she will be stepping down from her position as the head coach of the Vikings.

Suiter, who guided the Vikings to a 211-179 (.541) record in her 8 seasons with the program from 2011-2018, is leaving the position as WWU’s head coach based on her desire to spend more time with her family and ambition to utilize her extensive education in mental skills training and sport psychology.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:20am
Skagit Valley Herald

Western Washington University students will have another degree option available to them at the university’s Shannon Point Marine Center.

As part of the state’s 2018 supplemental budget, the Legislature approved the university’s plan to shift $1.5 million in local funds to state bond funds, allowing Western to move forward with projects, including investing $1.3 million in a new marine, coastal and watershed sciences major starting in 2019.

“It really is something we’ve been missing that will be a really nice addition,” Shannon Point interim Director Brian Bingham said.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:19am
Skagit Valley Herald

Scientists at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve described some of their research projects Friday, providing area citizen scientists and volunteers with a snapshot of talks they gave in April at the Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle.

The conference reached a milestone this year, having first been held 30 years ago, said Western Washington University’s Salish Sea Institute Director Ginny Broadhurst, who helped organize the event.

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:18am
Seattle Times

According to census data, about 104,000 people move away from King County each year. That figure is based on the average number of movers from 2011 through 2015.

Many of them don’t go all that far. Snohomish County is the top recipient of King County movers, with Pierce County just slightly behind. Together, they take in about 30,000 people, most of whom, surely, are looking for more home for the dollar or cheaper digs. Another 18,000 people trade in King County for some other part of Washington.

While Seattle is known as a magnet for millennials, they’re also the biggest group to leave. Nearly half (46 percent) of those exiting King County each year are age 18 to 34.

A lot of them head to Whatcom County, where Bellingham is located. Whatcom is the state’s top destination outside the Seattle metro area, and nearly 80 percent of the King County folks who move there are millennials. Many, certainly, go there for Western Washington University. But there are also anecdotal reports of an influx of Seattleites into Bellingham, not to attend school but to escape the Puget Sound area’s high housing costs.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 2:25pm

There's a well-known Russian folktale, "Snegurochka," that tells the story of an elderly couple who yearn to have a child; they create a little girl out of snow, and she comes to life. In her novel The Snow Child, (WWU Journalism alumna and finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction) Eowyn Ivey reimagined that story and set it in her home state of Alaska — and now the story has made one more leap, to the theatre at Washington, D.C.'s Arena Stage.