Students browse the Associated Students of Western Washington University's poster sale in the VU Gallery. The sale continues through Oct. 2.

Western Washington University students make KANDI bracelets, had their faces painted, danced in the dark and generally had fun during the Viking Union Late Night event on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. The annual nighttime event welcomes students to Western on the first Friday night of the school year.

Thursday was the first day of school at Western Washington University for the 2015-16 year.

Kyra Betteridge, an intern in the Office of Communications and Marketing, wandered campus to grab a few scenes of day-one life at Western.

Hundreds of new Western Washington University students attended the Welcoming Convocation ceremony and fireworks display on campus Sept. 23.

The formal program included words of welcome by President Bruce Shepard, Associated Students President Belina Seare, faculty speaker Associate Professor Trula Nicholas, and Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services Eileen Coughlin.

The Associated Students' annual Red Square Info Fair attracted hundreds of new and returning students to Red Square Monday, Sept. 21. The fair runs for a second day Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

More than 200 Associated Students clubs, offices and programs, as well as community vendors and businesses, offer information, free gear and giveaways during the event.

National Geographic visited the Shannon Point Marine Center recently to interview Ben Miner, an associate professor of biology at Western Washington University, about the plight of sea stars in the Salish Sea.

The story and video are now online.

The rain has returned, finally, to the Pacific Northwest. Forecasters are predicting a good chance of rain every day through at least next Wednesday, Sept. 2.

Photos by Matthew Anderson / WWU

Western Washington University officials welcomed a delegation from Chungbuk National University on Monday, Aug. 24. Provost Brent Carbajal met with Chungbuk National University President Yeo-Pyo Yun. Also attending the meetings from WWU were Francisco Rios, dean of Woodring College of Education, and Earl Gibbons, vice provost of Extended Education.

Julie Larson-Green, chief experience officer for Microsoft’s Applications and Services Group, addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families in two summer commencement ceremonies that took place in Western’s Performing Arts Center Mainstage Aug. 22.

Approximately 360 undergraduates and about 45 master’s candidates received degrees this quarter.