Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville announces 'Energy Year' at Bellingham City Hall Wednesday, Feb. 3. Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

It's Energy Year in Bellingham.

Making that announcement at a festive celebration Wednesday afternoon was Mayor Kelli Linville, who also launched the Bellingham Energy Prize at the event.

The energy prize is a group effort of nine community partners, including Western Washington University; the prize brings energy saving resources together to make it easy to access expert help and take simple steps to save energy.

Photo by Libby Keller / for Western Today

During his long career as a photographer, journalist and co-owner of the Anacortes American, the Whidbey News-Times, and the South Whidbey Record, Wallie V. Funk photographed a diverse and eclectic range of subjects, including several U.S.

Renee Collins, left, Western's associate dean of students, and WWU student Jordan Butler, right, kick off Tuesday's MLK ceremony in the Western Libraries Reading Room. Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

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Western Washington University honored the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an event on Tuesday, Jan. 19, featuring Chicago Civil Rights leader the Rev. Marshall Hatch; noted New York City poet, performer and activist Crystal Valentine; and performer Terry John “TJ” Robinson II.

On January 12 in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room an event called Beat the Blues was held in an effort to promote awareness about seasonal affective disorder (SAD), depression and the winter blues. The event also aimed to promote awareness of and destigmatize mental health said WWU Counseling Center Director Shari Robinson.

Lani Asman (Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Concentration, and Bachelor of Science, Mathematics) addresses her fellow graduates during ceremony one.

Approximately 645 undergraduates and about 33 master’s candidates recieved degrees this quarter.

Dr. Richard Veith, chief of Psychiatric Services at the University of Washington Medical Center, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families in all three fall Commencement ceremonies that, with Carver Gymnasium closed for ongoing renovation, took place in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage Dec. 12.

Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

The Western holiday party, an annual December tradition, took place Thursday, Dec. 3, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room.

Winner of the $75 Scotty Brown's gift certificate was Alisyn Maggiora in Extended Education. Ryan Cullup, from Facilities Management, walked away with the 50/50 winnings.

Photos by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Members of the Washington State Legislature toured the Carver Academic Facility construction area at Western Washington University on Tuesday, Dec. 1, during an event held in their honor to show appreciation for the funding of the project.

Vice President Steve Swan, of University Relations and Community Development, introduced Western President Bruce Shepard at the event, which was hosted at the Western Gallery on campus.

Westen Cares: students offer free hugs, candy to help ease the stress of finals

Students handed out candy, words of encouragement, and hugs in Red Square Tuesday, December 1 in efforts to spread cheer to peers preparing for finals.

Photo by Kyra Betteridge / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Western Washington University marks the winter season with the annual lighting of the giant sequoia tree that grows in front of Edens Hall on Wednesday Nov. 18, 2015.

A crew of five works to hang the sixteen strands of lights from the top of the large tree using ropes, carabiners and an elevated work platform. Two workers supervise from the ground and feed the lights up to Luke Mason and Seth Crawford while Ty Holladay works from inside the tree on its branches.

Photos by Kyra Betteridge / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Photo by Kyra Betteridge / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

01. Natalie Lang (second from Left) laughs with her friends as they take part in the Trivia Game at the STEM Mix it Up event on Thursday night Nov. 12, 2015. The event took place in Western's Multi-Purpose room and included trivia, raffles, a panel of guest speakers and tables for different STEM organizations on campus.