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Monday, October 26, 2009 - 10:09am

The Puget Sound Blood Center's quarterly blood drive at Western Washington University Oct. 22 to 24 was  a huge success, the center's Carol Rondello announced last week. During the drive, the center registered 480 donors and collected 370 units of blood., enough to benefit up to 1,110 patients.

Each weekday, Rondello said, 900 people must donate blood to meet the needs of patients in hospitals in the western Washington region. The blood drive at provided more than 17 percent of all the blood needed the following day in hospitals throughout western Washington.

Monday, October 26, 2009 - 9:56am

Through Thursday, Nov. 12, Western Washington University Dining Services invites all students, faculty, staff and alumni at WWU to take part in a nationwide event called Helping Hands Across America, with the primary goal of providing as much non-perishable food as possible to local food banks. This effort is in conjunction with the Sodexo Foundation and the STOP Hunger initiative, which has a national objective of setting the Guinness World Record on Nov. 12 for The Largest Food Drive by a Non-Charitable Organization in a 24-hour Period in Multiple Locations.

Monday, October 26, 2009 - 8:49am

The President's Office and Human Resources at Western Washington University have submitted for 30-day campus review policies regarding developing and maintaining policies and employing family members and significant others. The policies were posted on Oct. 1, and comments no longer will be taken on these policies after Friday, OCt. 30.

President's Office proposed policy:

POL-U1000.10 Developing and Maintaining University Policies

Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:56pm

The deadline is Nov. 30 for sending dependent verification documents to the Public Employees Benefits Board.

For more information about this requirement, read the Dependents Eligibility Verification document on the benefits Web site. PEBB  started sending letters to subscribers on Oct. 5 informing them about the status of their dependent verification documents.

Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:07pm

The Western Washington University ski team is in first place in Division II after three events at the water ski  national championships, under way through Saturday, Oct. 24, in Bakersfield, Calif.

A live videostream of the events is available on the National Collegiate Water Ski Association's Web site at

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 5:20pm

According to Western Washington University Police Chief Randy Stegmeier, the second supect in last week's alleged robbery in the Sehome Arboretum has been arrested.

Stegmeier made the announcement in an e-mail Thursday evening to all WWU students, faculty and staff:

The second robbery suspect, SEAN HEIEN, was arrested by University Police this afternoon on campus.  HEIEN was arrested without incident and has been booked into the Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of robbery in the first degree and trafficking in stolen property.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 5:10pm

The Western Washington University water ski team has taken first place in the women's jump competition at the national championships, which are taking place Oct. 22 to 24 at Ironwood Ski Ranch near Bakersfield, Calif. On the men's side, WWU took fourth in the jump competition Thursday.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 4:31pm

The fall quarter competition for International Seed Grants is now open.

The Center for International Studies offers the seed grants to assist Western Washington University faculty members in developing a new course or in revising an existing course that will feature international and/or comparative material and perspectives.

Two grants of $1,500 each will be awarded fall quarter for projects to be conducted during the winter or spring quarters of 2010. Funded project reports will be due 60 days after completion of project.

Proposals are due Nov. 20.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 4:21pm

At least a thousand people could be on the Western Washington University campus Saturday, Oct. 24, for Western Fall Welcome, the largest visit program of the quarter from the Office of Admissions.

The event is expected to bring roughly 400 high school students and 600 parents to campus for a day of getting to know Western. With any luck, a lot of those prospective students will end up applying to Western, says Angela Dittmar Gaffney, a WWU admissions counselor.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 3:05pm

Western Washington University Professor Joseph E. Garcia plans to present a free webinar from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. The professional development webinar will be presented by the OBTS Teaching Society for Management Educators.