Ethan Whatmore grew up involved in Hawaii Children’s Theatre. He participated in the “Summer Stars” program. He was in the fall musicals. He took part in the “After Dark” productions.
“And now, I work here,” said the 2016 Kapaa High School graduate.
Whatmore is attending Western Washington University, where he is studying dance. He returned home this summer just to work with HCT.
While he has orchestrated dance numbers before, this is his first full-time gig being responsible for a show’s choreography.
Former Western Washington University softball coach Art Phinney died of a heart attack Monday in Vancouver, Washington. He was 58 years old.
Phinney coached the Vikings from 1995 to 2001, winning 166 games. He led WWU to the 1998 NAIA national championship. He was named National Coach of the Year.
The event featured presentations by Bruce Agnew, director of the Cascadia Center; Dr. Laurie Trautman, director of Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI); and others. Audience members including Blaine city manager Michael Jones, Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon, state representative Luanne Van Werven and White Rock city councilor Scott Kristjanson also addressed the gathering.
Amazon’s recent announcement that it will provide job training and apprenticeship opportunities to its workers should be received as good news for American colleges and universities. That’s because many of the fastest-growing and highest-paying sectors of the economy demand highly skilled technical workers, but not necessarily college-educated workers. Yet, absent sufficient opportunities for technical training and apprenticeships, colleges and universities are being asked to be the primary site for job training. If more employers follow Amazon’s lead, four-year colleges and universities can be liberated from this burden and focus once again on their primary mission: liberal education and basic research in the arts and sciences.
-- response by WWU's Johann Neem
Western Washington University Communications photographer Rhys Logan compiled a look back at the 2018-19 year from the Bellingham, Wash., university.
It’s that time of year again! Goats are swinging from helicopters from the Olympics to the North Cascades. David Wallin is a mountain goat researcher at Western Washington University.
Stemma Brewing Co. may have just opened, but it’s been a nearly decade long dream for Jason Harper.
Harper and his wife, Kim, opened the brewery on June 29 at 2039 Moore St., near Interstate 5 and Iowa Street. It currently offers five Stemma beers and two locally made ciders on tap. A food truck called Mr. Frank’s “The Bus” is expected to open there in coming weeks.
Jason Harper has been home brewing since 2010. While at Western Washington University he wrote a business plan on a brewery for one of his classes in 2011, a time when Boundary Bay Brewery and Chuckanut Brewery were the main local breweries in Bellingham. After graduating from Western he needed to make some money for his brewery idea to happen, so he landed a job at Dickerson Distributors.
One of the first classical festivals of the summer is upon us: the latest edition of the Bellingham Music Festival, which began over the long weekend. This summer’s audience will hear from guest artists including pianist George Li, violinist Benjamin Beilman, guitarist Pepe Romero, the Calidore String Quartet, and pianist Marc-André Hamelin, who is making the music of Brahms his festival assignment.
With a population of just under 100,000, Bellingham, like the festival, boasts a cheerful small-city atmosphere. Its one major drawback for casual visitors is an extremely frustrating street grid — a mishmash created when four smaller Victorian-era centres merged at the turn of the last century. Fortunately, Western Washington University, festival ground zero, is just off the I5, parking is plentiful, and the views from the campus across Bellingham Bay to the North Shore mountains alone are worth the trip.
Four undergraduate students at Western Washington University will visit the translocated goats, now dispersed throughout the mountain range, over a seven-week stretch this summer.
The students will take four-day trips, traveling several miles toward the goats’ GPS coordinates and then observing the animals from a distance with binoculars or a spotting scope.
“Sometimes there’s trails, but most of the time they’ll have to do quite a bit of bushwhacking,” said David Wallin, a professor of environmental sciences at Western Washington University leading the project. “The terrain these animals are in is quite challenging.”
On June 24, Donnell Tanksley was sworn in as Blaine’s new police chief.
Tanksley, or “Tank” as he says most people call him, was previously the chief of police for Portland State University in Oregon since 2017. Prior to that, he was the assistant chief of police for Western Washington University for over three years. Tanksley was with the St. Louis Metropolitan police department in Missouri from 1993 to 2014, and held the position of commander from 2007 to 2014.