The new sign atop the Herald building is again able to illuminate downtown, and will show off its color chops when it glows Viking blue for a special Western Washington University event on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The 10-foot-tall steel letters – a matching set of H, E, R, A, L, D – were taken down in August while Signs Plus of Bellingham finished making replica aluminum ones with LED lighting to replace the old neon.
On Monday, Sept. 12, workers used a large crane to lift the new letters to the roof and to lower the old ones to the street. The new letters were then attached to the sign’s 40-foot frame on Tuesday and Wednesday, and electricians checked them Thursday and Friday. The programmable LED system will allow the building’s owners to show moving, changing colors across the letters in various patterns.
Plans are to keep the sign red, to mirror traditional neon red, before switching to Viking blue for “Paint B’ham Blue” on Wednesday, a new event for incoming freshmen. Wednesday is the first day of fall quarter classes at Western.
Welcome to Bellingham, college students. Whether you’re returning old hands or first-timers, I’m sure you’re busy settling in – especially if you’re one of the 2,800 first-year students at Western Washington University – because Wednesday, Sept. 21, is the first day of classes at Western.
Local literature lovers are being handcuffed, flying planes, shooting arrows, spraying Silly String and skateboarding – all while balancing books on their heads – as part of a whimsical online effort to promote Whatcom County Library System as a modern, tech-savvy place.
New research aims to help reverse decades of failed efforts to increase the percentage of women in engineering in the United States by studying nations where the disparity is not as severe: Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
"The U.S. engineering shortage weakens the country's position as a leader in the global market and restricts the country's capacity to solve key infrastructural challenges," said Jennifer DeBoer, a principal investigator of the study and an assistant professor of engineering education at Purdue University. "For decades, the U.S. government, industry and professional societies have contributed billions of dollars to increase women's participation in engineering with minimal impact. If you look at overall women's participation in engineering it's on the order of 15 to 20 percent. Identifying factors that inhibit the participation of competent and interested women in engineering fields is a precursor to the nation gaining a competitive edge in sectors reliant on science and technology."
One strategy to more effectively attack the problem is to learn from Jordan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia, where the percentage of women in engineering careers ranges from 24 to 50 percent.
The project is a collaboration involving researchers from Purdue, Washington State University and Western Washington University Professor of Sociology Karen Bradley. The other principal investigator is Julie Kmec, a professor of sociology and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor in the Liberal Arts at Washington State. The team also includes three co-principal investigators.
The No. 14 Western Washington University volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat No. 25 Cal Baptist 3-2 (25-15, 14-25, 15-25, 25-17, 15-9) Friday evening in the second day of the D2 West Region Volleyball Showcase.
The Vikings (4-3) won their fourth consecutive match after opening the season with three consecutive loses vs. ranked opponents, including a pair vs. top-ranked Concordia-St. Paul. Four of Western’s first seven matches this season have come against ranked opponents, and six of seven vs. teams that are either currently ranked or receiving votes in the AVCA Division II poll.
A few downtown blocks are about to turn blue – Viking blue – as Western Washington University gears up to start classes Wednesday, Sept. 21.
That afternoon, the university’s alumni association will host Paint B’ham Blue for WWU. The new freshmen orientation event aims to bring students downtown to get to know the city they will call home for the next four years (or so). Chris Roselli, director of young alumni and student programs for the WWU Alumni Association, said he hopes it will be the first of an annual event.
“We want to make this a new tradition,” Roselli said Wednesday, Sept. 7.
According to the U.S. News & World Report's annual, occasionally flawed list of college rankings, Washington is home to five of the top 20 of the best regional universities in the Western United States. The publication defines a regional universities as institutions that offer "a full range of undergraduate programs and some master's programs but few doctoral programs." (This means heavy-hitters such as the University of Washington and Washington State University were not included in this round up.)
U.S. News & World Report graded these regional universities on a scale out of 100. Here's who made the cut in Washington:
#4: Gonzaga University in Spokane, 86/100
#8: Seattle University, 75/100
#11: Whitworth University in Spokane, 71/100
#15: Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, 66/100
#18: Western Washington University in Bellingham, 61/100
The Western Washington University Men’s Golf team finished in 13th place at the season-opening Itani Quality Homes Collegiate played Monday and Tuesday at Palouse Ridge Golf Club.
The Vikings combined for a 54-hole total of 42-over-par 897, finishing in 13th place in the 14-team field comprised primarily of NCAA Division I teams. Tournament host Washington State University ran away with the team title with a 10-under-par 842, 19 strokes better than second-place Utah. WSU’s Nick Mandell won individual medalist honors finishing the two-day tournament with a 3-under-par 210.