News Releases

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:19am

Western Washington University has been selected for the national 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction award, which recognizes higher education institutions across the country that reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 10:50am

Western Washington University’s Institute for Global Engagement will host a free, public film series on campus this fall.

The film series schedule is as follows:

Still Life

6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Miller Hall 138

A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes in contemporary China.

Drama, 2006, 111 min.  In Mandarin with English subtitles.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 9:33am

Bloodworks Northwest will be returning to Western Washington University to conduct a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, Oct. 4-6, in Viking Union 565.  

Volunteer donors can aid as many as three patients with only one pint of blood, and it takes 800 donors a day to fill the needed supply in the Puget Sound region alone. The success of the campus Quarterly Blood Drive ranks Western as one of the largest donor groups in the Puget Sound region.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:51am

Western Washington University Professor of Psychology Jeff Grimm has received a new $100,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health furthering his research into the similarities between drug addiction and the body’s craving for sugar.

“Sugar can be just as habit-forming as cocaine, methamphetamine or heroin,” he said. “Our brains learn to covet sugar, and, once given it, release the same chemical, dopamine, that is increased by most abused drugs.”

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:19am

Acclaimed Holocaust Studies scholar and Academy Award-winning film producer Michael Berenbaum will visit Western Washington University and deliver the inaugural lecture for the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.19, in Arntzen Hall 100 on Western’s campus.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 9:00am

Western Washington University will host Washington’s Poet Laureate, Gonzaga University professor Tod Marshall, for a poetry workshop at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in Fraser Hall 201.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be followed by an evening reading at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept 29, in Communications 110.

Marshall’s workshop, “Writing Poems That Speak of Home: Washington 129,” is intended to contribute to his Washington 129 project, which gathers submissions from the people of Washington state.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:22am

Alfredo Prieto from the University of Magallanes will discuss conservation and cultural memory in Chile as part of the WWU Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 in Miller Hall 138 on the Western Washington University campus.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:17am

Western Washington University Youth Programs will begin hosting the second year of After School Ocean STEM this fall.

The program will be held on Wednesdays, Oct. 19 through Nov. 16, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at Anacortes Middle School.

Designed for students in grades 5-8 to support success on the Science MSP, the Ocean STEM After School Program provides an opportunity for inquiry-based, hands-on learning in an active and engaging environment.

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 11:13am

Students in grades K-6 are invited to enjoy an evening of hands-on science activities at Anacortes Kids Night Out @ Western (KNOW) from 7-9:45 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center.

The event is scheduled and includes an exploration of the phylum and invertebrates found in Puget Sound.

The cost for Anacortes KNOW is $20. Students should bring a healthy snack, water bottle and curious mind.

Registration is available online at

KNOW evening schedule:

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 3:44pm

Western Washington University’s Everett-based Weekend MBA Program will host two information sessions this fall for prospective students.

The information sessions are scheduled for: