As previously announced, the Multicultural Center project begins next week with preparations for relocation of the Bookstore to the Viking Union Multipurpose Room, and Vendor’s Row to the east side of the VU MPR. The contractor will close the MPR and begin installing construction fencing around the east side. Material/equipment will be moved in and out of the MPR; trucks and vehicles will be parked on High Street. Typical work hours will be 7 am to 4 pm. The MPR will be closed until the Bookstore reopens sometime in February. Please use caution around the construction site.
Governor Inslee released his 2018 Supplemental Budget on Thursday morning. The budget proposal primarily focuses on fully funding K-12 education a year earlier than anticipated to meet the Supreme Court’s expectations around the McCleary decision. There is little to report for Western, or for higher education in general. None of Western’s three submitted decision packages were funded, but typically decision packages are negotiated through the house and senate versions of the budget, and then brought back to governor during budget reconciliation. More info
Plan Infuses Sustainable Practices Throughout Campus Academics, Operations, Planning
Western Washington University has released its Sustainability Action Plan, which will serve as the university’s roadmap for protecting local and global ecology, upholding social equity, creating economic vitality, and maintaining human health.
Dear friends and colleagues,
As you may have heard, Christina VanWingerden is moving into a new role in Woodring College of Education!
Please help us celebrate her 31 years of service to our division by making a gift in her honor to the Women of Color Empowerment Scholarship, a cause that is near and dear to her heart. Please also spread the word with others who love and appreciate Christina by forwarding this email and posting/sharing this on facebook.
Her legacy and leadership is worth celebrating…
The WWU Board of Trustees meetings today and tomorrow are available to the campus community via audio stream at http://west.wwu.edu/trustees/meetingarchive/default.shtml.
Western Libraries will be closed weekends but open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning December 16, 2017 through January 8, 2018. The Wilson north entrance to the library will be closed through January 2, but the library will be accessible via the Haggard Hall entrance.
Western Libraries will also be closed for holidays on Monday, December 25, 2017 and Monday, January 1, 2018.
The Honors Program invites proposals for not fewer than 12 seminars to be offered during the 2018-2019 academic year. Honors Seminars are junior/senior-level courses and may be on any subject; interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. Seminars are small, with a limit of 15 students, and are highly interactive focusing on discussion, paper writing, problem solving, or group projects. Unfortunately, the program cannot accept proposals for team-taught classes.
Governor Inslee’s budget for the upcoming legislative session is scheduled to be released at some point on Thursday, Dec. 14. Once released, Western’s Budget Office will read over the proposed budget and provide a summary and analysis on their website at https://budgetoffice.wwu.edu/ Please check the site for more information later this week.
Western’s Extended Education Marketing Department won four UPCEA (University Professional and Continuing Education) Marketing Awards, including two Golds, considered one of the association’s highest honors.
The awards included:
• Gold winner in the most improved category – “Extended Education New Website”
The Western Gallery will present the “Back to the Sandbox: Art as Radical Pedagogy” exhibition, which will bring together an international group of artists who ask radical questions about the nature and significance of education in contemporary society.
The exhibition, which is Jan. 9 to March 17, 2018, is based on collaborations of prominent artists, scientists and educators and includes works of art, scientific and educational experiments, and archival material. An opening reception will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018.