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Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 2:05pm

In the midst of a pandemic, Western Washington University’s total enrollment for fall quarter is higher than anticipated, and the overall percentage of students of color is the highest in the history of the university.

Total fall enrollment, at 15,194, reflects a drop of 5.9 percent from total enrollment in fall 2019. In addition, WWU recorded a 10.2 percent increase in graduate enrollment.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 9:39am

WWU Professor of Environmental Studies Gigi Berardi recently received the silver medal from the Living Now Book Awards for “FoodWISE,” a guide to sustainable food choices. Berardi has described the book as tackling political economy, food psychology and sustainability in a world of constantly changing information.  

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 12:40pm

When plastic is released in the environment and exposed to the elements, it breaks into tiny pieces called microplastics. These bits of plastic can be found everywhere from arctic snow, to the sea floor, and even in human feces. With that in mind, it probably won’t come as a shock that microplastics are also prevalent in the soils that grow our food. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 9:33am

Western's Professional and Continuing Education (PCE) unit is offering a new certificate program, "A to Z of Grant Writing." The program is conducted online and is comprised of three courses: Grant Writing Basics, Researching Funders for Grant Proposals and Writing a Full Proposal. Each course is six weeks and self-paced with optional in-person, online sessions scheduled. The courses are taught by Western Senior Instructor Dominique Coulet du Gard.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 9:06am

Hey, where did Sustainable Transportation and Parking Services go? Sustainable Transportation has moved out of the Office of Sustainability to combine with Parking Services and create a new unit on campus called Transportation Services, housed in the Student Business Office. Shelby Zimmerman will manage the unit and continue to oversee parking operations, and Jillian Trinkaus remains the campus resource for traveling using active transportation and for transportation planning.

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 12:27pm

Fall Career Fair set for Oct. 5Students and graduates looking jobs and internships are invited to participate in Western Washington University’s Virtual Fall Career Fair, which will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov.

Monday, October 12, 2020 - 11:08am

Western Washington University graduate student Casey Pruitt is like the alchemists of olden times -- scientists who worked to uncover the secret of turning lead into gold. Whereas their toil produced nothing but hundreds of years of failure and frustration, Pruitt is on to something that could be a benefit to both the environment and the economy.

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 9:54am

Dear Campus Community,

Western Washington University plans to test its emergency notification system known as Western Alert at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, Oct.15 and also conduct a campus earthquake drill.

Western Alert is a group of ways to reach students, faculty and staff with important safety information.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 12:52pm

Dear Western Community,

On Monday, October 12 we celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a moment that celebrates and honors Native American peoples and commemorates their histories and cultures.  I am honored to have a growing community of Indigenous people at Western, including 954 students at all Western campuses who identify in some way as Indigenous: American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:59am

Web browsing, email, online chat and social media, for most of us we engage with these technologies every day for both pleasure and necessity. They engage us with society but expose us to dangers. Sometimes we see those dangers, and recognize fraudsters, and other times we fall prey to criminal operations. Many of us have experienced or know someone who has had credentials, or worse yet their identity stolen. We all know about workstation infections, ransomware attacks, and those annoying extortion calls. Don’t fret, you can fight back!