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Last Thursday, Nov.17, participants gathered in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room for the annual Walk of Hope: A Suicide Awareness Event. The evening consisted of student and faculty speakers, a candlelight walk through campus, and tabling from resources in an attempt to break down the stigmas around suicide and provide hope to those who need it most. Co-sponsored by the WWU chapter of Write Love on her Arms.


WWU photos by Rhys Logan

Costumed Western Washington University students welcomed local trick-or-treaters from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Ridgeway University Residences complex.

All of Ridgeway’s community lounges were decorated in fun, free, safe, age-appropriate themes aimed at children ages 1-12. 

WWU photos by Rhys Logan

Wes Mackey plays the Summer Noon Concert Series July 6. Photo: Jonathan Williams / WWU

Blues musician Wes Mackey played the second of five free weekly summer concerts on the PAC Plaza June 6.

While Mackey's first gig--more than 50 years ago--paid only 50 cents and a chicken sandwich, he eventually found himself touring with the likes of Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed, and others.

Mackey now lives in Vancouver, B. C., but says Bellingham is one of his favorite towns.  

For more information on Mackey, visit

John Lawson, right, laughs during the speech portion of his retirement celebration June 30 in the Old Main Solarium on campus. At his right is Melinda Assink, administrative assistant to the provost. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

John Lawson, Western Washington University's vice provost for Information Technology and chief information officer, is retiring after 10 years at Western.

A party was held in his honor on Thursday, June 30, in the Old Main Solarium.

Photos by Jonathan Williams / WWU

WWU students perform "Commedia in the Park" at Maritime Heritage Park on Saturday, July 2. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

"Commedia in the Park" is an annual event presented by Western Washington University Theatre students enrolled in the summer course "Advanced Acting Topics," taught by Rich Brown.

The highly physicalized, masked comic performance originates from the Italian Renaissance. The show features well-known stock characters such as the tricky servants, young lovers and foolish old men.

The performances, which occurred in Bellingham's Maritime Heritage Park are over for this summer, but they'll be back in 2017.

Polecat plays on the Performing Arts Center Plaza in the first show of the 2016 Summer Noon Concert Series on June 29, 2016. Photo by Jonathan Williams / WWU

Local Americana band Polecat kicked off the Summer Noon Concert Series this past week under the warm June sun.

Polecat has traveled all over Northwest United States, performing more than 550 shows and recording three albums in six years. More on them is available at

The series, put on each year by the Associated Students, brings local acts to campus for Wednesday lunchtime concerts throughout summer quarter.

Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

About 2,030 students graduated from Western Washington University in two spring Commencement ceremonies at Bellingham’s Civic Stadium June 11.

About 1,825 undergraduate and 205 master’s students were expected to graduate from Western June 11. Spring Commencement ceremonies were held off campus at Civic while the Carver Academic Building undergoes major renovation.

Photo by Amanda Raschkow / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Associated Students Productions put on its annual Lawnstock music concert this past weekend on the Communications Facility Lawn.

The free concert, on for its fourth year, featured a number of local bands.

Mary Lambert, The Flavr Blue, COSMOS, Snug Harbor and Crooked Neighbours all performed. Food trucks, games and a carnival ride were set up around the area.

Photos by Amanda Raschkow, WWU Communications and Marketing intern.

Photo by Dan Levine / for WWU

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard and his wife, Cyndie, held an ice-cream social June 1 express their appreciation to faculty and staff.

The event, held in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room, was well attended by faculty and staff hoping to wish the Shepards well in their retirement from Western.

Photos by Dan Levine / for WWU