Campus News

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 12:04pm

Dear Western Community:

Happy New Year, and welcome back to campus!  I hope that you had the opportunity to rest and recharge over the holiday break, spend time with family and friends, or just enjoy some downtime between quarters.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 11:28am

The Registrar’s Office would like to invite faculty to attend the winter Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, March 18, in the Performing Arts Center.

All master’s graduates will all be in ceremony two.  Departments or participating faculty are asked to submit names and associated departments no later than Friday, March 3, by emailing Emily Marrs –

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:55am

Paul Gordon Brown, a scholar who studies the impact of social media, technology and design on college student learning, will give two presentations on "Social Media and the Digital Self" Tuesday, Feb 7.

Brown, named by LinkedIn as a Top Voice for Education in 2016, will lead a session for faculty and staff, "The Social Media Lives of College Students" from noon to 1 p.m. in Artnzen Hall 4.  

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 10:12am

The AS Legal Info Center and the Campus Community Coalition are hosting a Housing and Hashbrowns workshop to teach students about moving off campus. 

The event includes information on how to find a safe and comfortable place, signing a lease and renters' rights and responsibilities. 

Housing and Hashbrowns will be on Saturday, Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon in VU 565. 

Learn more about living off-campus at

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 1:11pm

Western is partnering with Seattle University to host a yearly Sustainability Across the Curriculum Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 16-17 at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

At the event, there will be 13 workshops and other professional development opportunities on sustainability in the curriculum.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 12:27pm

Students from Western Washington University (WWU) and community volunteers will offer free tax assistance at Parks Hall 336 from February 8th to April 17th.

Sponsored by WWU’s Beta Alpha Psi and Accounting Society in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service, the VITA program is staffed by students from WWU and other volunteer members of the community. The VITA program helps low- and moderate-income taxpayers electronically prepare their tax returns.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:59am

The Karen W. Morse Institute for Leadership is excited to announce that we will leading a second global studies program to Mongolia in Summer 2017!  Issues in Global Leadership will explore the rich, ancient history of Mongolia as well as the newly democratic Mongolia of 27 years. Students will be living in a developing country, learning about Mongolian leadership practices through interviews with leaders from a variety of sectors and visiting organizations aimed at supporting inclusive leadership development. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:29am

2017 Western Professional Networking Dinner

Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 5-8 p.m.

Viking Union Multipurpose Room

$10 per student


Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 9:34am

Are We Fulfilling Our Mission?

Western is authorized to award degrees by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), our federally recognized accreditor. One of our accreditation requirements is to set goals, or “Indicators of Mission Fulfillment,” and to reflect on our performance relative to those goals. 

Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:57am

Many thanks to Human Resources and Western’s Student Employment Center for ensuring that over 1,800 hourly-paid students earning less than the minimum wage were increased to $11 per hour, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

To recap, Washington’s minimum wage increased from $9.47 to $11.00 per hour effective Jan.1, as a result of the passage of Initiative 1433.  Thereafter the minimum wage will increase to $11.50 in 2018, $12.00 in 2019 and $13.50 in 2020.  Beginning with 2021, the minimum wage will be adjusted with inflation.