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The Viking Union is showing "Dinh Q. Le: Beautiful Terror" in the VU Gallery from April 4 to 22. Photo by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

An art exhibit titled "Dinh Q. Le: Beautiful Terror" is on display in the Viking Union Gallery from April 4 to April 22.

Dinh Q. Le presented a free lecture in Miller Hall Room 138 on Wednesday, April 6. His lecture included his Vietnamese background and inspiration for his large scale cut-and-woven color prints. The opening of the gallery immediately followed the lecture. There, the contemporary artist was available for questions from Western students and the Bellingham community.

Photos by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Russia native Olga Margolina performs a traditional Russian dance, representing both her native country and Nash Hall. Margolina has been doing traditional dancing for more than 10 years. Photo by Beatrice Harper / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Students who live in University Residences on campus participated in a talent show this past weekend in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

WWU Communications and Marketing intern Beatrice Harper was on hand to grab a few images of the show.

Attendees of a summit aimed at addressing the needs of Whatcom County veterans discuss possible solutions Tuesday, March 22, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room at WWU. Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

Veterans and other community members from throughout the area met at Western Washington University on Tuesday, March 22, to discuss ways to meet the most pressing needs of Whatcom County veterans.

The morning session at the Whatcom County Veteran's Summit focused on the results of the county-wide veteran needs survey completed earlier in 2016. An afternoon session asked participants to begin developing solutions. The event was a partnership between Western Washington University and Whatcom County Health Department's Veteran Service Program.

Scene from Western Washington University's winter commencement ceremonies on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

Ralph Munro, former Washington Secretary of State, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families in one of three winter Commencement ceremonies, and author, scientist and educator Jennifer Hahn spoke in two ceremonies March 19 in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage.

Munro also received an honorary doctorate at the 3 p.m. ceremony, and Bellingham residents Jerry and Truc Thon received the President’s Award at the 9 a.m. ceremony in recognition of their service to the community.

The 22nd annual Western Washington University Employee Art Show runs through March 18 in Viking Union Room 565.

On Wednesday and Thursday, March 16 and 17, the show will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Friday, the show is open from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Six of Western’s international students, working with Executive Chef Patrick Durgan, shared their favorite cultural dishes from home with students, faculty, and staff Thursday, Mar. 3 in VU 565.

Six of Western’s international students, working with Executive Chef Patrick Durgan, shared their favorite cultural dishes from home with students, faculty, and staff Thursday, Mar. 3 in VU 565. 

The three-course meal included authentic cuisine from Uzbekistan, China, England, Cambodia, Vietnam and Japan

Global Gourmets is an annual tradition and part of World at Western, sponsored by the Center for International Studies and International Student and Scholar Services.

A panel of women veterans addresses military experiences at a special event Tuesday, March 1, on the WWU campus. Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

Western Washington University’s Veterans Services held a Western Women Veterans panel March 1 in Fraser Hall 101 on campus.

At the panel, women veterans -- including faculty, students and alumni -- shared their experiences of serving in the military.

The panelists include Judith Pine, associate professor of Anthropology; Cortni Alexander, a new student at Western; Heather Mueller, a Political Science major; Brittany Dymond, a student at both Western and Whatcom Community College; and Liz Harmon-Craig, a 2011 Western alumna.

Author and illustrator Melissa Sweet signs books for fans between presentations. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Four award-winning children’s and young adult book authors and illustrators visited Western Washington University this past weekend for the 13th Annual Children’s Literature Conference.

The yearly conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers, and writers to celebrate children’s literature and reflect on how children’s books shape the experience of growing up.

Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Award-winning author and illustrator Melissa Sweet spoke to a crowd of children, parents, students, teachers and writers at Western Washington University Thursday, Feb. 25, on how she creates her work. She talked about what it's like being an illustrator and described the pressures of creating art to go with other authors' stories.

Sweet also demonstrated how she uses old books as "fodder" for painting and creating new art and described some of her illustrating tactics, such as how she never uses the color black to darken parts of paintings.

Professor Eric Leonhardt holds a class with Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning, focusing on changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Photo by Dylan Nelson / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Western Washington University Professor Eric Leonhardt, director of Western's Vehicle Research Institute, taught a class Feb. 25 through Western’s Academy for Lifelong Learning. Through ALL, community members, young or old, can take classes taught by Western professors.

Thursday's class focused on current and ongoing changes in automotive technology and advancements in engine design. Students also talked about wind and tire resistance, fuel efficiency and the rise of electric cars.