Campus News

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 1:42pm

Katie Van Kooten, a Lynden native and acclaimed soprano, will return home after great successes at London’s Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera and Houston Grand Opera to headline a Christmas concert benefiting the Bellingham Festival of Music. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in Western Washington University's Performing Arts Center Concert Hall.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 11:11am

Most central computer systems will be unavailable from roughly 1 to 5 a.m. Dec. 18 for planned maintenance. The timing was chosen to coincide with a previously scheduled maintenance time for the university's Unix systems and to reduce the downtime that would occur with multiple upgrades. Banner and Web4U will not be affected. No email will be lost.

Those with any questions or concerns should contact the ATUS Help Desk at (360) 650-3333 immediately.

Services that will be unavailable:

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 10:31am

The story written about Western Washington University graduate and staff member Viva Barnes in the Dec. 16 Bellingham Herald appeared on the homepage for Yahoo! Wednesday, putting the news about Barnes' incredible 21 years as a college student before untold thousands of readers.

The story was written by WWU alumna Zoe Fraley.

Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 9:04am

Two dates remain in the fourth season of NOEL, a Celtic and classical ensemble that travels the area playing holiday favorites.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 - 10:29am

The Western Washington University Events Calendar is getting upgraded beginning at 1:30 this afternoon. Until the upgrade is finished, which should be no later than 3:30 p.m., the calendar will be unavailable to users.

For more information, contact Matthew Anderson at (360) 650-3350 or

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 3:26pm

On Nov. 16, a power outage caused Western Washington University to be suspended from 8 a.m. to noon. Due to the delay of notification, employees will not be required to make up time or report leave.

If any make-up hours have been completed, supervisors are encouraged to coordinate with employees for early release or late arrival for those hours. Employees (or those who perform departmental time entry) should report actual hours worked in the positive time reporting section as they do now.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 3:03pm

University Police and other law enforcement agencies will be participating in training exercises from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 17, in the basement of Arntzen Hall.

During that time, the basement will be closed. While there may be a number of police officers at and near this location, this is a training exercise only.

For more information, please contact University Police at (360) 650-3555.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 3:00pm

The U.S. Postal Service is mandating a "move update" procedure to improve the percentage of deliverable mail. The goal of this effort is to improve address quality by removing incorrectly addressed pieces and reducing the number of mail pieces that are forwarded, returned or treated as waste. In a "move update," address records are periodically matched with customer-filed change-of-address orders.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 10:18am

Western Washington University and the Washington Federation of State Employees have drafted a memorandum of understanding to clarify the Inclement Weather Policy as it applies to Bargaining Units A, B and E.

The agreement is attached and also is available at

Tuesday, December 15, 2009 - 8:37am

The McNaughton bestseller collection has arrived and is now shelved in the Wilson Library's Daylight Lounge.

The McNaugton Collection features bestsellers, popular fiction, current interest books and more. Students have been requesting this type of recreational reading collection for a long time, particularly in the 14 Days to Have Your Say blog.

The plan currently funded by the Library for 2009-10 will give the Library: