The future of a popular program at Western Washington University is in doubt as it tries to find consistent funding.
The Industrial Technology Vehicle Design program, which is the classroom portion of the Vehicle Research Institute, is expected to be put on a moratorium until it can become accredited. To do that, the university would need money from the state — and past proposals have not been funded.
Earlier this week, faculty members in the engineering and design department voted for the moratorium. The proposal now heads to two more committees for a decision.
If the moratorium is approved, students already in the program will be allowed to continue, but no new students would be accepted while a proposal is put together to get enough funding to become an accredited program.
This year’s program, sponsored in part by Island Market and San Juan Propane, will include presentations by noted speakers James McCafferty, director of Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research; Dr. Anneliese Vance-Sherman, regional labor economist for the State of Washington; and Victoria Compton, director of the San Juan County Economic Development Council.
Western Washington University just launched one of the first residence hall compost programs in the country.
The student-led project was created by three students who had all lived in the dorms at Western. Juniors Risa Askerooth, Jessica Loveland, and Abby Severns completed the project by collaborating with University Residences and the Sustainability, Equity and Justice Fund.
Competition begins at noon Thursday at Carver Gym on the WWU campus. The Vikings open against Cal State East Bay at 7:30 PM.
Western Washington University's AJ Barse and Chris Powell talk with Mayor Kelli Linville on the Bellingham Podcast.
Sequim’s Doug Brundage, 62, recently hit the centennial mark for giving. On Nov. 8, he gave his 100th pint of blood through Bloodworks Northwest at a mobile center inside First Baptist Church of Sequim. “I’ve always done it out of principle,” Brundage said. “It’s an important thing to do.”
Brundage remembers first donating back in college at Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1977, but the urge to continue donating began in 1986 when a coworker was diagnosed with leukemia. Fellow staffers Hal Woods and Don Denny organized the blood drive in the coworker’s honor, Brundage said, and the tradition continued at their work, the Washington School Information Processing Cooperative.
Core testing was left to colleagues at Western Washington University like Andy Bunn (“Dare we say that's his core area of research,” Quinn says). The WWU team analyzed the cores from trees that were at least 40 years old. Their goal: to compare growth rates year-over-year between the 20 years covered by Quinn's study period, and rates during the two decades prior to that, in which salmon carcasses were deposited equally between both banks.
Feingold is a critically acclaimed composer, performer, and recording artist. He is the Director of Guitar Studies at Western Washington University. His performances have been described as “A pleasure to listen to” by Vincent Persichette, Julliard School of Music. His compositions have been described as "advanced musically, delightful twists and turns” by Classical Guitar magazine.
Western Washington University economics professor Sharon Shewmake, a Democrat, expanded her narrow lead over four-term Republican state Rep. Vincent Buys, by a margin of 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent.
Only 810 votes separated the two.
Local leaders in the Jewish community are holding prayer groups and sending letters to support those affected by the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday that killed 11 and wounded six.
Law enforcement officials say Robert D. Bowers allegedly shot into the crowd for several minutes while shouting anti-Semitic slurs inside the Tree of Life Congregation, according to the Associated Press and other media reports this weekend.
Rabbi Avremi Yarmush, at the Rohr Center for Jewish Life in Bellingham, held a public moment of prayer Monday night at the center at 102 Highland Drive.