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Monday, June 28, 2021 - 12:29pm

Are you a Western student who wants to help spread the word about ASWWU events while building great communications experience?

Now is your chance, as the Associated Students of Western Washington University is accepting applications for a new AS Communications Director for the 2021-22 academic year through 11:55 p.m. Thursday, July 15.

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 9:55am

The National Weather Service has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Friday afternoon through Monday evening for Western Washington. Whatcom County and beyond may see several days of record-breaking temperatures, with highs in the 90s starting Friday afternoon and peaking above 100 degrees Saturday and Sunday. In addition,  overnight temperatures may not cool off as much as usual, offering little respite from the heat.

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 8:56am

After nearly 20 years of exemplary work at Western, Director of Environmental Health & Safety Sue Sullivan is moving on from the university to serve the community in a new role as the Whatcom County Health Department’s Environmental Health Manager.

Thursday, June 24, 2021 - 11:41am

The Pension Funding Council and Washington State Legislature have updated the employee and employer contribution rates for the Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) retirement plans.

PERS and LEOFF rate changes are effective July 1, 2021 (impacting the July 26, 2021 paycheck). 

TRS rate changes are effective September 1, 2021 (impacting the September 24, 2021 paycheck). 

PERS and TRS Plan 3 employee rates do not change because they are chosen by the employee. Employer rates for plan 3 are the same as plan 2.

Here are the updated rates:

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 11:09am

The Western Washington University Board of Trustees on Friday, June 11, approved Western’s 2021-22 operating budget, which includes a 2.8 percent tuition increase for resident undergraduate students during the upcoming academic year. The tuition increase, which will be reflected in fall tuition at Western, means a resident undergraduate student will pay $188 more a year. 

Friday, June 18, 2021 - 10:20am

The contractor on the Interdisciplinary Science Building will need to close the pedestrian pathway between the new building and Parks Hall starting June 21 and running through the middle of September to complete the new path. 

Signage will be posted to redirect pedestrians to other accessible routes.


Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 2:31pm

Dear Colleagues, 

On Friday, Western’s Board of Trustees approved our FY22 Operating Budget for the year beginning July 1. The full item from the Trustees meeting is available here, with the FY22 budget information beginning on page 33. Thank you to everyone who participated in the process by sharing ideas, proposals, testimonials, advocacy, questions, and critiques. 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - 2:31pm

As an institution we are still in an evolving state of operations due to COVID. Washington state continues to operate under an Emergency Declaration from Governor Inslee, along with a variety of guidance documents and proclamations that dictate how we operate as an institution given the various services and programs that we offer to our students and to a broader public.

Monday, June 14, 2021 - 11:34am

Dear WWU Faculty & Staff,

In a year that has been unlike any other we have ever experienced, I am very grateful for how our students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters have responded. 

Friday, June 11, 2021 - 10:21am

Western is offering a new minor in Digital Humanities, thanks to a collaboration between the Global Humanities and Religions Department and the Computer Science Department’s Internet Studies Center (ISC).