In the Media

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 12:54pm
Indian Country

A state law requires schools in Washington to teach students the history of the state’s 29 federally recognized indigenous nations, just as they teach U.S. and state history.

School districts that have adopted the “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum, which was formerly “encouraged” but is now mandatory, say the curriculum is an easy tool to use. But the curriculum encourages participation with local Native nations. “Our goal is to teach WITH tribes, rather than about them,” the curriculum states—and one of the challenges school districts report is developing the partnerships to make that happen.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - 12:49pm
The Bellingham Business Journal

There’s a new boss in town. On Aug. 1, Western Washington University welcomed Sabah Randhawa as its new president.
“The campus is very excited about his arrival and his wife Uzma’s arrival in Bellingham,” Western trustee Sue Sharpe said.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:03am
The Anacortes American

Western Washington University and the Anacortes School District held a summer program this month for children ranging from fourth to ninth grades to learn about sea life at Shannon Point Marine Center.

Program instructor Scott Butterworth said the kids were conducting their own experiments and learning about different organisms. Each child chose a specific organism to draw and learn about.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 10:01am
Vancouver (B.C.) Sun

If you want to see major minimalist outdoor artworks by top U.S. artists you don’t have to travel to big cities such as Seattle, San Francisco or New York. Numerous examples of them are right cross the border in Bellingham.

More than 25 minimalist and post-minimalist works are in the Outdoor Sculpture Collection at Western Washington University. They include pieces by artists such as Donald Judd, Robert Morris and Richard Serra.

I’ve passed by Bellingham countless times en route to Seattle without knowing what was on the university’s campus. The only reason I know about the collection is because it was mentioned in a news release about the exhibition Primary Research Lab curated by Vancouver’s Lee Plested. The exhibition at the university’s Western Gallery includes performances, talks and tours. The exhibition ends Wednesday, Aug. 31.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 4:21pm
The Bellingham Herald

Dawson Construction has signed an option to buy Bellingham’s 106-year-old armory building, but the company has 10 months to conduct a feasibility study before possibly closing the deal.

The nearly 60,000-square-foot structure at 525 N. State St. was built in 1910 and housed National Guard and Army Reserve units until 1953. For the next 36 years, the armory’s large arena under its vaulted ceiling was home to a popular roller rink.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 4:19pm
Edmonds News

Following up on the unanimous vote by the Edmonds City Council Tuesday night, the City of Edmonds this week provided additional details about an interlocal agreement with Western Washington University and the Association of Washington Cities for a Sustainable Cities partnership.

Under the agreement, Edmonds will receive a helping hand from WWU students and faculty on a range of projects during the 2016-17 academic year – from developing a mobile app for downtown visitors to helping reduce stormwater impacts to the Edmonds Marsh.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:14am

How do cellphones decrease personal safety? WWU's Ira Hyman talk about "distracted walking" and Pokemon Go.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:59am
The Bellingham Herald

Marrowstone Music Festival, founded in 1943, is a Pacific Northwest orchestral training program presented by the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and hosted by Western Washington University. The festival features six performances by musicians ages 14 to 25, July 28 through Aug. 7 at WWU’s Performing Arts Center, with one concert at Mount Baker Theater.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 8:32am
The Bellingham Herald

Dallas Roberts needed some help paying for his trip to Philadelphia later this month. The Western Washington University alum was selected to be a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, so he decided to turn to GoFundMe – a popular crowd-funding site.

“The GoFundMe is purely to cover the expenses of the flight to the east coast, staying in the delegate hotel,” said Roberts, 23, of Bellingham. “Maybe a few Philly cheesesteaks here or there.” A trip to the convention could easily cost a delegate – most of whom are not wealthy – between $2,000 and $3,000.