The tragic loss of life in the high-rise apartment building in New York City earlier this month is a reminder of fire and life safety challenges that tall buildings present to emergency responders and occupants. Because of the inherent challenges of high-rise buildings and historic fires, protection measures have evolved over the years, including very specific sets of precautions included in the building’s design.
What should you do with things like spent batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury-containing equipment, cathode-ray tubes (CRT’s), pesticides and spent aerosol cans? At Western, these are considered Universal Waste. Often these are looked at as “household waste” but, since WWU is a large entity, we are not allowed to dispose of these items in the same manner as a private household would.
Dear WWU Students,
The decision to continue remote classes until January 24 has generated frustration, disappointment, and anger from many of you, even as it has created relief for others. We recognize the broad range of feelings and impacts which follow this change of plans, and we are truly sorry that timing and an unprecedented fast-moving virus variant have conspired to upend plans for so many of you—and for the faculty and staff who want to provide you with a safe and healthy learning environment.
Beginning Jan. 11, Western Libraries building hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed weekends. These hours will be in place until Western resumes in-person classes. The Wilson north doors will remain open as long as staffing allows. If the north doors are closed, access to the library will remain via the Haggard entrance.
Western Washington University has extended the no fan policy for WWU Athletic Events through the next two weeks.
Due to the heightened concerns over the rising number COVID-19 cases and the Omicron variant, campus administrators announced an extension to remote learning for the next two weeks on Monday. The extension to not allow fans at athletic events through games of January 23 is consistent with the previous decision that aligned with the remote learning policy.
The January 28, 2022 Spencer Myer Concert has been canceled; if you have already purchased a ticket, your tickets will be refunded on the card they were purchased with. If you do not see a credit by your March statement, please contact the Box Office.
WWU is working to book Mr. Myer for the 2022-23 season.
WWU is now providing KN95 Masks to all frontline and front-facing employees/student employees. These will be available exclusively from the Western Marketplace WWU COVID Catalog at no charge beginning Tuesday Jan. 11.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to limited supply, initial orders cannot exceed 50 masks, to ensure sufficient availability across campus. Additionally, please order only if you are a frontline/ front-facing employee at this time.
Are you a student or alumni who is looking for some career guidance? Or a faculty/staff member who advises students preparing for that next step after graduation?
Western Washington Dining is making it easier for students and the campus community to choose climate friendly foods through the launch of Cool Food Meals this January. This program is part of Western Dining’s ongoing commitment to the environment and sustainability.
Last October, World Resources Institute (WRI) announced that its Cool Food Meals badge will appear on Aramark menus, as part of a 10-university pilot beginning in the Spring 2022 semester. The Cool Food Meals badge identifies dishes with a lower carbon footprint and will appear on more than 350 menu items.
Dear Western Community,
After consultation with the WWU COVID Support Team and local and regional public health experts, we have decided that it is in the best interest of our community’s safety and wellbeing to extend remote learning starting tomorrow for the next two weeks, with a return to in-person classes expected on Monday, Jan. 24. This timeframe assumes that the current Omicron spike shows the same pattern as it has in other communities, with a rapid increase in cases followed by a rapid decline.