The "Beyond NAFTA: Streamlining the Border to Strengthen North American Competitiveness" conference, hosted by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University, continues until 3 p.m. today in the Viking Union.

Scholars Week is underway on the Western Washington University campus. The events kicked off with an opening ceremony Monday in which Cyndie Shepard, director of Compass 2 Campus and wife of president Bruce Shepard, spoke of the philosophy behind the event and pointed to the week ahead.

The Third Annual 48-Hour Film Festival, put on by Western Washington University's KVIK Television, took place from April 17 to April 20.

Student teams were given 48 hours to plan, film, edit and deliver a film to festival planners.

WWU student photographer Mindon Win followed one team, Dolly Llama Productions, as they created their short film "A Part."

More than 700 students, faculty, staff and community members joined to march across the Western campus on Monday afternoon in support of diversity on campus and the university’s commitment to becoming a more diverse campus in the future.

After some brief remarks in front of the Wade King Student Recreation Center, the lively throng moved through campus, clapping, carrying signs, and chanting messages in favor of diversity and inclusion.

Most of the turf is down on Harrington Field on south campus, and the facility is nearly complete.

A $1 million gift from Western alumnus Scott Harrington and his family has helped begin the process of building the modern multipurpose athletic field. This project creates a fully lighted and fenced artificial turf play field that is sized for regulation soccer and will serve as the new home of Western’s NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer teams. It also will be an important resource for Western recreation programs and intramurals.

Every winter quarter, the Residents’ Resource Awareness Program at Western Washington University holds "Go for the Green," a competition amongst Western's nine residence halls to reduce water, waste, electricity and natural gas. Last quarter, residents saved 91,374 kilowatt hours through energy reduction practices.

The winner of this year's "Go for the Green" challenge was Edens/Higginson. Through winter quarter, Edens and Higginson had 60 percent of residents sign reduction pledges and had the largest reduction in electricity use.

Volunteers, including Western Washington University Associated Students board members, volunteered with Growing Veterans April 12 as part of WWU's Volunteer Week.

Photos by Mindon Win / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Two new sculptures have been donated to Western Washington University and now hang in the lobby of the Communications Facility on campus.

The two metal sculptures, "Couplet" and "Offshoot," were created by American artist Cris Bruch in 1992, and were donated by the artist and the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle. The two works were created when Bruch was thinking about how the tension of the material and the writing on the material related to grammar and syntax, according to a proposal from the artist.

Western students prepare for the spring showers by learning the proper mixture and process to plant seeds in the outdoor classroom at The Outback Farm. Outback farm worker Sam Carlos led the seed-starting workshop Tuesday, April 8, as part of The Outback Farm workshop series.

The workshops happen every other week and are focused to give students a chance to be engaged in an outdoor learning environment. For Carlos, this was his first chance to lead a workshop, and was excited to share his knowledge with other students.