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.

Western Washington University's Association for Women in Computing and Association for Computing Machinery held Open Source Day at Viking Union from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9.

About 50 people attended the event and learned more about open-source computing through tutorial, panel discussion and one of seven projects.

The one-day workshop was organized by 35 volunteers and mentors, who came from all over the Northwest to help out.

Photo by Jake Parrish / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

A number of outstanding Western Washington University faculty members will be honored at a special ceremony and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7, in the Western Gallery on Western's Bellingham campus.

The event, hosted by WWU Provost Brent Carbajal and Faculty Senate President Spencer Anthony-Cahill, is held annually to honor faculty members for their teaching, research, mentorship and scholarship.

Western Washington University held a two-day celebration of Mongolia during “Mongolia Days” May 5 and 6 on Western’s campus.

Among the events was the “Mongolian Celebration,” which featured opening remarks by Acting Consul General Dorj Bayarkhuu, the Mongolian Consulate of San Francisco, and performances by celebrated Mongolian musicians Adilbish Badmaanyambuu and Bold Chimedregzen.

Transportation Week runs May 4 to 8 on Western Washington University's Bellingham campus.

Events will take place each day, including an info booth in Red Square, a free bike tour of Bellingham, a bike tune-up event and a film on sustainable development.

For more information, check out the Western Student Transportation Facebook page.


U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell visited the Western Washington University campus Friday, May 1, to visit the Institute for Energy Studies, Science, Mathematics and Technology Education programs and to meet with the student Smart Solar Window team for a demonstration of their window project. While at Western, Cantwell held conversations with a variety of campus sustainability leaders.


Photos by Rhys Logan / WWU

Eight Western Washingon University employees were honored with exceptional effort awards at the 38th Annual Employee Recognition Ceremony Wednesday, April 29, in the PAC Main Stage Theatre.

The 100C main entry of the Fine Arts Building on Western Washington University's Bellingham Campus will closed for renovation through 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 13.

The building houses Western's departments of Art and Design, in addition to the Western Gallery.

Before the main entry work began, WWU Communications and Marketing intern Margaret Degman wwalked the building to create this photo tour of its varied spaces.