It's going to be a busy summer for construction projects at Western Washington University and Whatcom Community College, and that will mean another boost for the local economy.
The installation ceremony for the Arch of Healing and Reconciliation, a granite monument honoring the sacrifices and contributions of Whatcom County’s immigrants, was held Saturday morning at Bellingham City Hall. Sabah Randhawa, president of Western Washington University, was the keynote speaker.
There are other transformations taking place that only seasoned Everest watchers experience—such as those brought about by climate change. On the one hand, improved weather-forecasting techniques and secured routes have eliminated some of the risks associated with climbing the high mountains. At the same time, however, climate change has led to changing weather patterns, making storms more sudden and unpredictable, which could catch climbers by surprise.
“Because the mountain is generally warmer and easier to climb these days, people are bringing less gear and going light and fast. This means that when a storm arrives, climbers are less prepared for it,” says John All, director of the Mountain Environments Research Institute at Western Washington University.
Bellingham, Washington, dedicates a new monument this Saturday that speaks to the Pacific Northwest's long and conflicted history with immigration. The "Arch of Healing and Reconciliation" memorializes the past expulsions of immigrant Sikhs, Japanese and Chinese.
Many studies have shown that increased diversity in problem-solving groups results in more creative innovation and greater productivity. Unfortunately, the geosciences have the lowest racial and ethnic diversity in all of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields at all levels of higher education. According to a 2011 study, “Between 2000 and 2008, underrepresented minorities (Hispanic, black, and and American Indian/Native Alaskan students) earned 16%–17% of STEM degrees and only 5%–7% of geoscience degrees.”
Johann Neem, professor of history, Western Washington University
The report “Making Digital Learning Work” (2018) concludes that combining face-to-face with online courses improves retention and graduation rates and makes college cheaper and faster. The report’s conclusions require more context. For example, the report argues that students who take some online courses graduate earlier than those who do not, but it’s not clear from the report whether the results are due to student, course or institutional factors. No doubt, online courses provide flexibility for nontraditional students. Yet the report opens with the promise that online courses can be used by institutions for “growing revenue.” Are schools incentivized to move online because it’s profitable? We need to know whether the results reflect something about the courses or the fact that institutions have underinvested in faculty and classrooms to meet students’ needs.
The Great Leap Forward and the period that followed it—the Communist Cultural Revolution—are explored in a different medium by poet Jane Wong (janewong.tumblr.com), an assistant professor at Western Washington University and winner of the 2017 James W. Ray Distinguished Artist Award, who is currently preparing a collection of poems about the campaigns.
McDonald, 66, first moved to Puyallup in fifth grade. She graduated from Western Washington University in 1974 with a degree in teaching.
A man was masturbating outside an apartment building early Sunday in the Sehome neighborhood, the latest of more than two dozen similar incidents reported since last summer, officials said.
It wasn't immediately known if the incident about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of North Garden Street is related to other recent lewd conduct on the Western Washington University campus and in surrounding Bellingham neighborhoods, WWU said in a statement.
Decades ago, members of three immigrant communities were rounded up and forced out of Whatcom County. Now, they and their descendants are being asked to return for an April 21 ceremony that will pay homage to them and others who came to the U.S. seeking better lives.