At this time, Western Libraries’ buildings remain closed to library patrons through the summer; however, the library continues to be open online. As we look ahead to the upcoming academic year, it is too early to know precisely what fall quarter will look like in terms of opening up access to library buildings and spaces.
Kathy Louzao, administrative assistant to the Dean of Students, retired effective July 7 after more than 20 years of service to the Western community.
Kathy started as a temporary employee in the Equal Opportunity Office, and became a permanent employee in the Viking Union as the Information Desk Coordinator in 1999. Kathy showed such potential that she was made temporary Secretary Lead the very next day! Kathy continued to serve in an administrative support capacity for many years until she was promoted to administrative assistant to the Dean of Students Ted Pratt.
Dear Western Community,
Western Libraries has been working to ensure we can comply with the necessary requirements outlined by both the university and by the State of Washington in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. During Phase 2 of the Governor’s “Safe Start” plan, libraries must remain closed to the public, but are allowed to provide limited access to materials when certain procedural and safety requirements are met.
In order to conform with Governor Inslee’s directive on limiting large gatherings during Phase II of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan, summer commencement is postponed until December. Just as winter commencement was combined with spring, we will do likewise with summer and fall. December commencement is now a virtual event and summer graduates will be invited to attend with further information emailed by August.
On Monday, July 13, the Associated Students of Western Washington University (ASWWU) announced that, instead of a special election, the position of AS President will be filled via an appointment process.
Dear Campus Community,
Citing the health and safety of student-athletes as the overriding concern, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference CEO Board today voted unanimously to suspend all intercollegiate athletics competition through Nov. 30 due to COVID-19.
The CEO Board said it will continue to monitor developments related to the pandemic and make a decision by Oct. 15 regarding the status of competition after Nov. 30.
Western Washington University’s Student Health Center has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).
WWU staff have been working on getting departments the help, resources and tools needed to plan for a gradual return to campus, and one of the biggest parts of that process is the requirement to submit a Department Plan through ReADY.
Previously, a working Virtual Private Network (VPN) was required to access all ReADY requests, but this requirement has been removed, making the process much easier to do from off campus.