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Faculty, staff, students and friends gathered at a retirement party Friday, May 15, in honor of George Mariz, director of the WWU Honors Program and professor in the History Department. Mariz is retiring after more than 40 years at Western Washington University.

Western Washington University's campus was filled with hundreds of alumni, parents, students and community members this past weekend during the annual Back 2 Bellingham celebration May 15 to 17.

The event, put on each year by the Western Alumni Association, featured food, a zip line, theatrical performances, a rock climbing wall, Classes without Quizzes and many other events.

The Western Washington University Alumni Association held a special ceremony May 14 to honor a number of people.

The 2015 Distinguished Alumni and Recognition Ceremony awarded 12 alumni; two devoted friends of the university who utilize their professions to support the community and Western; and this year's Legacy Family, with 11 members who attended or have ties to the university.

The Associated Students Disability Outreach Center held a series of events on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus this week as part of the eighth annual Disability Awareness Week.

Among those events was a concert by Out of the Ashes on Wednesday, May 13, in Fraser Hall. The Bellingham band is composed of people with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities, and perform covers as well as original music.

Photos by Jake Parrish / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Euphemia Lee presents her work on "Identity Formation and Prescribed Gender Roles Among Female Gamers" to fellow student Travis Salmi. Photo by Margaret Degman / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

As part of the annual Scholars Week celebration of student academic achievement, Western Washington University students presented research posters Thursday, May 13, in Carver Gym. The presentations continue on Friday, May 14.

Photo by Margaret Degman / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

The Ethnic Student Center at Western Washington University put on its biggest event of the year, Culture Shock, on Thursday, May 14, in the Performing Arts Center on Western's Bellingham campus. At the annual event, members of the ESC, other students at W

The Ethnic Student Center at Western Washington University put on its biggest event of the year, Culture Shock, on Thursday, May 14, in the Performing Arts Center on Western's Bellingham campus.

At the annual event, members of the ESC, other students at WWU and various community members showcase their cultures and learn from others. Among the many performances were spoken word, music and cultural dances.

Western Washington University students marched from the Performing Arts Center to downtown Bellingham and back Tuesday, May 12, as part of Take Back the Night. The annual event aims to end street violence and harassment of marginalized gender identities.

The annual Take Back the Night rally and march took place May 12. A performance by spoken-word poet Vanessa McGowan in the PAC kicked off the evening. A march and vigil followed.

The annual event aims to end street violence and harassment of people of marginalized gender identities.

Photos by Margaret Degman / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Student work hangs on display Tuesday, May 12, in Miller Hall for Design Days 2015. The event takes place at Western this week to "explore the impact of design in our world." Throughout the week, student's work will be showcased in Miller Hall and the Fin

Western Washington University's Department of Design is holding its annual Design Days events through Thursday, May 14, in various locations on campus, including Communications Facility, Miller Hall, Red Square and Vendor’s Row.

All activities are free and open to the public.

Student clubs in the College of Business and Economics are putting on a number of events this week to showcase their various activities.

One event, called an eco-spective and sponsored by campus sustainability club Net Impact, asked passers by to color on a large mural or to erase parts of the mural depending upon their sustainable actions, such as taking the bus or bicycling to school.

Other events this week:

The WWU Hip Hop Association and Sini-GANG, student dance clubs at Western Washington University held their second annual SINI-HHA dance showcase Saturday, May 9, in the Performing Arts Center on Western's Bellingham campus. The "Ready. Set.

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