News Releases

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 10:44am

Trista Truemper has been appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to serve a one-year term as the student trustee at Western Washington University.

“Trista Truemper will provide a valuable and unique perspective to Western’s Board of Trustees due to her experience as a Western leader and student,” Inslee said. “I appreciate her willingness to work on behalf of Western students and ensuring they continue to receive the excellent education for which Western is so well-known.”

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:53am

Western Washington University Professor of Environmental Science David Shull will work alongside the Washington Department of Ecology this summer to sample from 25 sites in Bellingham Bay, the beginning of a multi-year process to attempt to answer one question: How is Puget Sound changing?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 10:14am

Western Washington University students in Everett can now live on campus.

WWU students can move into Everett Community College’s two residence halls under an agreement signed this week by both schools.

About 200 students per year are enrolled in WWU bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered through the University Center on EvCC’s Everett campus.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 12:52pm

The Cloud Security Alliance, a global cybersecurity organization based in Bellingham that focuses on ensuring a secure cloud-computing environment, has provided a gift to the Western Washington University Foundation that will award an annual $2,500 scholarship for students studying cybersecurity in the university’s Computer Science Department.

The scholarship may be used to pay any costs related to educational expenses, including, but not limited to, tuition, books, materials or supplies.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:03am

Noted fly fishing writer and photographer Jack Berryman will give a talk entitled “Three Steelhead Fly Fishing Pioneers in the Northwest: Wahl, Olson and Knudson, 1900-1990” at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11 in Western Libraries Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor).

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 10:39am

Charles Lanham has been hired as vice provost for information technology/chief information officer (CIO) at Western Washington University.

Lanham will begin work at Western on July 24, 2017. He succeeds Greg Smith, who has served as interim vice provost for information technology/CIO over the past year, after John Lawson retired at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 2:00pm

About 2,045 students graduated from Western Washington University in three ceremonies June 10 when Commencement returned to Carver Academic Facility, which is nearing the end of a 2-year renovation.

The ceremony marked the first time Carver Academic Facility was open since renovation work began in August 2015. Only the gymnasium portion of the building was open, and the building is once again closed to the public so work can continue. Carver is expected to be completed in time for the start of fall quarter in late September.

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 10:12am

Everett Community College (EvCC), which is celebrating its 75th anniversary year with a public reception on June 14, will recognize 12 alumni from eight programs as EvCC Distinguished Alumni, the college’s highest honor, and Western Washington University alumni, Patti Safley will be among the list of recipients of this honor.

Safley attended EvCC then completed her teaching degree with Western’s program located on the EvCC campus.  She now teaches at Whittier Elementary School in Everett

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 11:15am

Western Washington University is one of 24 institutions in the country selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Program to receive a five year, $1 million grant to enhance student success in STEM fields, especially those students typically under-represented in the natural sciences. 

The award to WWU was the result of a national-level competition, with a pool of more than 500 applicants from competing institutions, and is the only grant awarded to an institution in the Pacific Northwest.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 10:45am

Editor’s note: The following article was written as an assignment in Regina Barber DeGraaff and Melissa Rice’s PHYS 497: Science Communication course by senior Physics major Holly Christenson.


Western Washington University student Martin Fernandez, a graduating senior in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, uses telescopes to see what the human eye cannot: pairs of stars that orbit each other too closely to be distinguished visually.