Dr. Renee Collins, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Outreach Services, will be retiring from Western after over 30 years of service. The campus community is invited to attend a celebration in her honor on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in the Solarium, Old Main 590. Refreshments will be served.
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Trustees OK Preconstruction Services Contract for New Interdisciplinary Science Building
Western’s Board of Trustees on Friday approved a contract with BNBuilders of Seattle of $364,571 for pre-construction services for the planned new campus Interdisciplinary Science Building.
Governor Jay Inslee's operating and capital budget proposals for the upcoming 2019-21 biennium that were released on Thursday are very encouraging for Western and for public higher education as a whole. And, because public higher education is one of the most powerful means for creating social and economic opportunity, this is great news for the people of Washington.
Power Down for Break Checklist
Vehicle emissions account for nearly half the harmful greenhouse gases released in our state, and in 1991, the Washington State Legislature passed the Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law to call on employers to encourage employees to drive alone less often, reduce carbon emissions, and keep the busiest commute routes flowing. The Employee CTR Survey was developed by the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to help Washington State track any progress made toward reducing drive alone rates.
Western’s new Office of Off Campus Living, created to support and educate students living or preparing to move off campus, will offer students three events this quarter.
Selected occupants in Bond Hall, College Hall, Haggard Hall and Carver,
The Honors Program invites proposals for not fewer than 18 seminars to be offered during the 2019-2020 academic year. Honors Seminars are junior/senior-level courses and may be on any subject; interdisciplinary proposals are strongly encouraged. Seminars are small, highly interactive, with a limit of 15 students, focusing on discussion, paper writing, problem solving, or group projects. Unfortunately, the program cannot accept proposals for team-taught classes.
More than 200 students, as well as faculty and staff, gathered in Fraser Hall on Friday, Dec. 7 to seek answers from WWU administrators on questions regarding what they perceive as campus safety issues, threat notification, continued institutional racism, and more.
Western student Shayne Robert Merwin, 20, of Gold Bar pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Friday, Dec. 7 in Whatcom County Superior Court to felony charges of second-degree burglary and malicious harassment, Washington’s hate crime statute. Merwin was arrested and charged in connection with recent racist vandalism and hate-filled slurs that appeared on Western’s campus. On Dec. 7, the court lifted the pretrial release prohibition of Merwin leaving Whatcom County to allow him to return to his hometown of Gold Bar.