In the Media

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 11:14am
The Pursuit Zone

(2014 WWU alumna) Emma Burgeson and Mitzi Peine were the first female team to compete in the Yukon 1000. It’s the world’s longest paddling race, and takes place on the Yukon River from Whitehorse, Yukon to a remote Alaska Pipeline crossing near Fairbanks, Alaska. The two are avid paddlers and explorers of the wilderness and met four years ago on a 6-week canoe trip on the Anderson River in the Canadian Arctic. Competing in the tandem canoe category, their team name was "The Paddlin' Madelines" and you can learn more at their Facebook page mitziandemmayukon1000 and at

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:57pm
Tulalip News

Western Reads is a reading group designed for the new students of Western Washington University. The book club promotes intellectual engagement through a variety of events and activities. Every year, Western Reads collectively decides which book they will be reading; for this year’s selection, the group chose Harriette’s From My Heart.

“We feel that in the past Western has not done a good job of acknowledging the Indigenous culture. This is an opportunity for everyone to reflect on this history of this area and how this history is represented,” states Dawn Dietrich, Director of Western Reads.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 11:02am
Everett Herald

Karl Kruger stepped onto his paddleboard and began to paddle to Alaska. It was the start of the journey, but also the culmination of a lifetime of outdoor experience that made him ideally suited for the wild adventure.

Just 15 days later, after covering 766 miles, Kruger stepped off his board, the first person to complete the Race to Alaska on a stand-up paddleboard. Along the way, he camped on beaches covered in cougar prints, traveled alongside a humpback whale for 10 miles and paddled through bioluminescent waters as he traveled at night to take advantage of the tides.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:24am
Seattle Times

At other colleges, officials say they are mining data on student performance for insights.

For example, after Western Washington University did a careful study of 10 years of data, it discovered that students who took a full load from the start of their college careers did better overall — perhaps because they learned how to manage their time more effectively, said Steven VanderStaay, Western’s vice provost for undergraduate education.

Many students were taking fewer credits than they needed, on the assumption they would get better grades if they had more time to study.

So the university started a campaign emphasizing the importance of taking a full load — 15 credits — every quarter. Students must earn 180 credits to graduate.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:20am
The Bellingham Herald

The street alignment changes were not submitted in April 2017 because of several other unresolved issues, said Mike Hogan, a spokesman for the port.

Among them: moving Western Crossings to another part of the Waterfront District so that Harcourt could potentially renovate the Board Mill building. Western Crossing Development is a nonprofit corporation created to allow for a private/public partnership that would enable Western Washington University to buy and develop waterfront property.

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 10:14am
The Bellingham Herald

Police are investigating at least one weekend incident of lewd conduct that could be related to recent reports of voyeurism in neighborhoods surrounding Western Washington University.

An indecent exposure was reported at 10:41 a.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of North Garden Street, near Chestnut Street, according to the online police activity log.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:29am
The Bellingham Herald

Cause remains undetermined in the wake of a fire that gutted a Sehome neighborhood home and damaged a neighboring house, fire officials said Monday.

Last Thursday’s fire started in the open kitchen-living area of the basement at 1017 Jersey St., then quickly spread upstairs to the first floor bedrooms, said Assistant Chief Bill Hewett of the Bellingham Fire Department. Flames then jumped to the first floor bedroom next door at 1019 Jersey St., he said.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:24am
BBJ Today

Maybe the toughest part about being an organizational consultant for more than 30 years was having business owners or leaders recognize and accept that if there was a problem in their business they had some responsibility for it.

The second toughest part was having these same business owners or leaders realize that when I spoke about responsibility I wasn’t talking about blame or fault.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:14am
The Bellingham Herald

More than 1.42 million people crossed the five southbound border crossing into Whatcom County in August, according to data gathered by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University. That’s the highest monthly total since July 2015, when the Canadian dollar was around 85 cents compared to the U.S. dollar.

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 1:17pm
Sports Illustrated

Western Washington University women’s soccer player Gabriela Pelogi is featured in the “Faces in the Crowd” section of the current edition of Sports Illustrated.

Pelogi, a junior forward from Federal Way, Wash., is one of six athletes appearing in the well-known Faces in the Crowd section of the Oct. 9 edition of Sports Illustrated. It runs on page 21 of the popular sports magazine, now available on newsstands and to subscribers across the country.

The write-up on Pelogi highlights her first career hat trick recorded in WWU’s second game of the season at Holy Names, and details her sophomore season where she led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with 29 points while leading the Vikings to the NCAA Division II National Championship.