Gary Locke, former Washington state governor and United States ambassador to China, was the keynote speaker at the 17th Annual Western Washington University Leadership Forum on Nov. 6 in Seattle.

Photo by Rhys Logan / WWU

About 875 fifth graders from Skagit and Whatcom counties visited Western Washington University on Tuesday, Oct. 21, to see firsthand what a university campus is like. The tour kicked off the sixth year of Compass 2 Campus, a proactive effort that sends trained WWU student mentors into schools in order to get more kids to see themselves as future college students.

Harrington Field on the south campus of Western Washington University was formally dedicated Saturday, Sept. 27, between games involving the Viking men's and women's soccer teams.

Before the ceremony, the WWU women beat Western Oregon University, 1-0. And before a record crowd of 1,179, the men lost 1-0 to Montana State University Billings.

A couple of events from the Western Washington University Associated Students -- VU Late Night in the Viking Union and the High Street Music and Arts Festival -- put an exclamation point on #WesternWelcome Week at Western.

Students enjoyed the music of several bands as well as other activities such as archery, button-making, slacklining and potting plants.

More than 4,000 students are calling Western Washington University’s residence halls and apartments home after a busy move-in weekend on campus.

The first day of classes at Western is Wednesday, Sept. 24. Western anticipates about 2,800 freshmen and approximately 1,000 transfer students for fall quarter. Total enrollment is expected to be about 15,000, approximately the same as last year.

A pair of first-half goals proved to be the difference as Western Washington University fell to NCAA Division I Seattle University, 2-0, in a men's soccer exhibition game Saturday night at Robert S. Harrington Field on the WWU campus. It was the first varsity game played on the new field and the first time Western soccer has played on campus since 2000.

Brady Ballew opened the scoring in the seventh minute, blasting home a half-volley from six yards after a low cross from Josh Greene.

Whenever we ask Western students, alumni, employees and parents what places they love to visit in Bellingham, Boulevard Park inevitably appears near the top of the list. It's a great place to dance, to walk, to study, to listen to music, to play catch and to watch the sunset.

Odds are that sunsets will continue to be beautiful (like the one pictured, captured by J.T. Williams on Tuesday, Aug. 19) for at least the next week or so, as weather forecasters are predicting sunny weather with highs in the upper 70s.