Washington Gov. Jay Inslee visited Bellingham on Thursday, July 31, to hear about plans for the redevelopment of Bellingham's waterfront.

Included in his visit was a Q-and-A session at the Bellingham Ferry Terminal in Fairhaven, at which he also discussed Western Washington University's plans for the waterfront.

Other local politicians, including Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville and State Sen. Kevin Ranker (D-40th District) also attended the event.

Transitions, Western Washington University’s advising, registration and orientation program for new transfer and postbaccalaureate students, wrapped up this week, with more than 800 new students and 300 family members visiting campus.

Up next is Summerstart, which is the advising, registration and orientation program for new first-year students, beginning Aug. 4.

Western Washington University’s Grandparents U summer program for grandparents and their grandchildren continues July 18 on Western's Bellingham campus.

The Bellingham program is just one of four being offered this year. One program just wrapped up in Poulsbo, where it was offered for the first time. Two other programs -- one for children ages 7 to 10, and the other for children 10 to 14 -- will take place next month in Anacortes.

Scott Fulton, left, and Todd Riley, both from Lyndale Glass, work to replace glass in the Old Main Solarium on Monday morning, July 14, 2014.

The project to replace the Solarium glass and refurbish the glazing and wood columns is expected to be complete by the middle of August.

A number of construction projects are taking place on campus this summer. For more information, visit the Office of Facilities Development and Capital Budget website.

Former Gov. Gary Locke received an honorary doctorate and addressed Western Washington University graduates and their families at one of three spring commencement ceremonies in Carver Gymnasium on June 14.

The other main speakers were scholar Douglas Massey (’74), the Henry G. Bryant Professor of Sociology at Princeton University, and Jerry Thon (’75), vice president of Astoria Holdings.

About 1,935 students were expected to graduate from Western, including 1,775 undergraduate and 160 master’s students.

From Monday, June 2, through Thursday, June 12, Western Libraries will be joined by members of the Pet Partners program. Students, faculty and staff may stop by to say hi and de-stress when they feel the need for a quick break from studying for finals or writing those last few papers.

The Dead Parrots Society, a student improv comedy troupe at Western Washington University, performed its annual Improv Musical in the Old Main Theater this past weekend.

The entire show was improvised by the cast based on a title that they get from the audience at the beginning of the show. This May 23 show was titled “Cheesecake of Love.”

The plot, characters and musical numbers were all subject to the creative whims of the performers.

The annual migrant youth leadership conference pairs youth with WWU student leaders for a day of touring the campus, workshops and activities. The idea of the conference is to give migrant youth a chance to explore Western and discover what higher education looks, feels, tastes, sounds and even smells like.

This year’s conference was held May 21, drawing students from both Whatcom and Skagit Counties. The end of the conference was held in the VU MPR where the Baile Folclorico de WWU and spoken word artist Nef, Neftali Ramirez, performed.

Western Washington University faculty award winners were honored May 14 at the annual Provost and Faculty Senate Spring Awards Ceremony in the Western Gallery on campus.

Wesrtern Provost Brent Carbajal and Faculty Senate President Johann Neem spoke at the event, which honored the various faculty award winners for the 2013-14 school year.

The winners: