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Friday, October 16, 2009 - 9:21am

The Center for Instructional Innovation at Western Washington University is accepting nominations for this year's Innovative Teaching Showcase through Dec. 1.

Each year, the CII works with selected WWU instructors to document and publish their innovative instruction online. This year’s Showcase theme, “Effective Teaching in Large Classes,” seeks to honor faculty members who take on this sometimes daunting task.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 7:09pm

On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, at approximately 4:47 p.m., a Western Washington University student was walking through the Sehome Arboretum on his way to a campus lab. As he approached campus, two males walking in front of him turned with hoods up and bandanas over their faces and confronted him with a handgun and a knife. They took the student’s backpack and iPod and fled into the arboretum.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 1:44pm

Western Washington University Provost Catherine Riordan sent the following e-mail message out to WWU faculty and staff on Thursday, Oct. 15, regarding the death of Associate Professor of Anthropology Michael Grimes:


It is with deep sadness that I inform you that Michael Grimes, Associate Professor of Anthropology, died of natural causes on campus yesterday.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 12:48pm

Faculty members should submit their winter quarter coursepacks (student class manuals) to the WWU Copyright Office as soon as possible. Oct. 26 is the due date for submitting coursepacks requiring copyright permission.

Coursepacks not requiring copyright permission should be submitted by Dec. 1.

Coursepack request forms and a list of due dates for academic year 2009-2010 are available at

For more information, contact the Copyright Office at (360) 650-7435 or The office is located in Wilson Library Room 562.

Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 11:05am

There's a new crafting group on campus, and all interested employees are welcome to join.

The informal group of Western Washington University employees who like to craft and would like to be inspired by others or would like a dedicated time and place to pursue a hobby meets from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in AE Room 223. That's at 405 E. 32nd St. on the second floor.

Any portable craft is welcome, and access to a small sink is available at the meeting site.

Meetings start Oct. 21. Parking is free after 5 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 8:06am

Human Resources has added the following names to the list of employees who are eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with RCW 41.04.650:

  • Armstrong, Brenda
  • Cleveland, Paul

Employees may donate vacation leave, accrued sick leave and personal holiday leave as long as the donations don’t cause them to fall below the minimum balances. Leave donation forms are available online.

Questions regarding shared leave may be directed to Human Resources at ext. 3774.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 5:02pm

David Brunnemer, the director of the Western Washington University Office of Disability Resources, will be taking on the role of associate registrar in addition to his current duties, WWU Registrar Susanna Yunker has announced.

Over the course of this year, Brunnemer will gradually assume these new duties as he ensures that staff members are trained and able to provide the services necessary to ensure the continued success of students served by Disability Resources, Yunker said.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 12:58pm

Daniel Larner, Faculty Senate president, called the 2009-2010 senate to order at 4:02 p.m. Senators accepted senate minutes of Sept. 28, 2009, as well as standing committee minutes.

President Larner reported on constituent concerns:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 12:45pm

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 the upcoming election season:

Legally permissible activities for faculty and staff

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 - 10:20am

Matt Jarrell, the 2009-2010 Associated Students president, continues his 'Talk Time' sessions this afternoon at 4 p.m. in Academic Instructional Center West Room 210.

Through Oct. 22, Jarrell is holding sessions for each college at Western Washington University. All are invited to attend and share their thoughts with the AS president.