Campus News

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 3:25pm

Election Day in Washington state is Nov. 3, 2009. Wendy Bohlke, Western Washington University's senior counsel in the Office of the Attorney General, has provided the following information regarding the parameters in place for faculty and staff members during this election season:

Legally permissible activities for faculty and staff

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 12:25pm

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety at Western Washington University has posted the following policy for 30-day campus review:

POL-U5950.10 Workers’ Compensation and Transitional Return-to-Work

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 11:46am

Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington state agency facilities be lowered to half-staff
Wednesday, Nov. 4, in memory of U. S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Three Niall D. Lyons, 40, of Spokane, who died this week in Afghanistan of injuries sustained when his helicopter crashed.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Wednesday, or first thing Thursday morning, Nov. 6.

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 11:24am

Upcoming dates and times for oral defenses and public presentations of theses for master's degree candidates:

Master's oral defense schedule:

Monday, November 2, 2009 - 10:40am

An expert on library space planning will lead a presentation and discussion today in the hopes of learning what the Western Washington University community wants in terms of space usage in the Western Libraries.

Scott Bennett, a Yale University Librarian Emeritus and space-planning expert, will lead the discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. today, Nov. 2, in Wilson Library Room 164F, accessible off High Street. During the talk, Bennett plans to share the changing nature of library space utilization and seek feedback from the WWU community.

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 10:23am

Open enrollment is on now for medical and dental plans. Open enrollment ends on Nov. 30.

More information about the medical and dental plans, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care Assistance Program and more will be available at the benefits fair from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 5 in Viking Union Room 565 B and C. Vendors will be on site to answer questions, and information will be available on rates, benefits, plans and service areas. Plus, find information on Life Insurance, Long Term Disability and Auto/Home Insurance.

Friday, October 30, 2009 - 8:46am

"A Season of Giving," the 2009 campus holiday party for all Western Washington University faculty and staff, will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on campus.

No shuttle will be provided. Off-campus employees are encouraged to carpool. Parking passes will be distributed upon request to off-campus employees.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 4:28pm

Washington Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen visited Shuksan Middle School on Tuesday, Oct. 27, to honor Western Washington University’s Youth Outreach Initiative. The Woodring College of Education mentoring program provides tutoring and mentoring assistance for Shuksan students through in-class assistance and after-school programming.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 2:37pm

Myrl Beck, an emeritus geology professor from Western Washington University, is looking for someone to live in his home (upper 4th Street, in Fairhaven) for winter quarter. No cost, minimal obligations (take care of two cats and water a few plants). The house has three bedrooms, two baths, a view of the bay and a functional firplace – suitable for a couple or small family. Beck will be gone from right after Christmas until early April. If interested, send an e-mail message to or call (360) 676-8471.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 2:24pm

The Associated Students Outdoor Center at Western Washington University will play host to “Birds of Whatcom County” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.

This event provides an opportunity for individuals to learn more about bird-watching in Whatcom County. Pile in the van with Outdoor Center experts to explore Bald Eagle convergences, rare Marbled Murrelet habitat and estuaries offering a rest stop for migrating birds.

Tickets are $20 for students with I.D. and $30 for guests.