In the Media

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 10:06am
The New York Times

This is not to say there are no through lines. Grounding the show are historical references that keep the gay-trans-queer links always in sight. We get an encyclopedic dose of that history in a newsprint photo-collage posted in the museum’s main elevator. Produced by the artist Chris E. Vargas, and attributed to the Museum of Transgender History and Art that he founded as an archive in 2013, the picture is a group shot of L.G.B.T.Q.I. (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) celebrity spanning the centuries.

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 9:09am
The Bellingham Herald

Bellingham welcomed its newest residents Wednesday as the freshman class of Western Washington University converged en masse downtown.

New students, Western alumni and friends were on hand for the second annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration to kick off the start of the academic year. More than 180 trees throughout downtown were decked out with blue lights, and several businesses offered discounts.

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 9:13am

To gain a better understanding of the age, number, and magnitude of earthquakes on the faults, Elizabeth Schermer at Western Washington University and her colleagues plan additional trenching of fault scarps and coring of swampy areas along some scarps later this year.

The new BSSA study suggests that the Olympic Mountains have been moving westward, relative to the Coast Range and Puget Lowland, since the late Pleistocene, said Schermer.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 12:48pm
Inside Higher Ed

Johann Neem, professor of history, Western Washington University

I was asked to explore how the recent Department of Education Office of Inspector General’s findings might shape how Western Governors University and similar institutions should approach the faculty’s role. My answer is simple: WGU should hire professors and let them teach.

In 2011, when WGU was coming to Washington State, I wrote in the Seattle Times that WGU does not offer a “real college education,” because education “requires students to struggle with difficult material under the consistent guidance of good teachers. WGU denies students these opportunities.” The inspector general came to the same conclusion. WGU failed to meet the expectation that, to qualify for federal aid, distance learning institutions would use new technologies to “support regular and substantive interaction between the students and the instructor.”

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:14am
New York Post

Socializing and feeling like you are part of the community is important for maintaining your mental health.

Single people have a lower body mass index (BMI.)

That’s according to a study published in the Journal of Family issued in 2015.

Experts found that single adults, no matter their sexual orientation, have a lower body weight.

On the other hand, those who live with a partner tend to have a higher BMI.

The Western Washington University study looked at 20 years data of more than 3,000 participants.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 11:11am
Chemical & Engineering News

Andrea d’Aquino did not have a home computer while growing up in Bellingham, Wash. Rather than let that stop her, she spent hours in the school library researching how to fund her education.

“I come from a very big family, and no one had gone on to higher education,” says d’Aquino. “No one could quite tell me how you pay for college or get into college.” Fortunately, she won a scholarship from the Gates Millennium Scholars Program and undertook her undergraduate studies at Western Washington University.

Alicia McGeachy was also the first member of her family to receive a degree, which she achieved though the same determination and resourcefulness. McGeachy went to a large school in Brooklyn, N.Y. “The teachers were supportive, but they didn’t have a lot of time,” she explains. Her father encouraged her to help herself. She did her research and, with that in hand, went on to secure scholarships for Spelman College in Atlanta.

McGeachy and d’Aquino faced the kind of hurdles many college students never have to contemplate, but they overcame them, and now both are graduate students at Northwestern University. McGeachy is researching how nanotechnology can mitigate the health and environmental effects from batteries, such as those from cars and laptops. D’Aquino intends to apply her knowledge in organometallic supramolecular chemistry to help answer questions about energy, the environment, and health.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:54am
Whatcom Talk

Kali is a recent graduate of Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies at Western Washington University where she studied food security and environmental resilience. Throughout college, Kali was most interested in the capacity of sustainable agriculture towards creating food security. Her first experiences were with the WSU extension Community First Garden Project and as the Garden project coordinator for Northwest Youth Services. She continually asks herself how we can use urban farming as a social justice tool to provide resources and food for people who don’t have it.

Monday, September 25, 2017 - 10:31am
The Bellingham Herald

The trees in the core of downtown Bellingham are looking a little blue.

It’s not because they’re depressed, but it’s to welcome the freshman class of Western Washington University to the city they will call home for the next period of their lives.

New students, Western alumni and friends are set to descend on downtown Bellingham Wednesday for the second annual Paint B’ham Blue for WWU celebration to kick off the start of the academic year.

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.