News Releases

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.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:50am

Construction fencing is being removed from the areas around Carver Academic Facility as workers prepare to hold commencement ceremonies in the gymnasium Saturday. But the building remains closed to the public.

Only graduates, their ticketed guests, and authorized WWU personnel will be allowed in the building during commencement. The gymnasium and restrooms in the east end of the building will be open Saturday for the ceremony, while the western end of the building, including academic offices, classrooms and labs, will be closed off.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:12am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa yesterday signed an open letter to the international community in support of the Paris Climate Agreement and to endorse local, state and governmental action on climate change and carbon reduction.

Randhawa joined more than 180 other university presidents, 125 mayors, nine governors and almost 1,000 businesses in signing the Grand Coalition Statement on the Paris Agreement.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 10:11am

Following a national search, Gautam Pillay is the new vice provost for Research and dean of the Graduate School at Western Washington University, Provost Brent Carbajal announced today.

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 1:54pm

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Takahata Isao’s 1994 animated feature, Pom Poko.  It will screen on Tuesday, June 6 at 6:30pm at Pickford Film Center, 1318 Bay Street in downtown Bellingham.  

 Pom Poko is directed by one of the two founders of Studio Ghibli, Takahata Isao, who also directed Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies, and The Tale of Princess Kaguya, among other films. 

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 10:57am

Western Washington University has hired Ginny Broadhurst to be the new director of its Salish Sea Studies Institute, an interdisciplinary center for collaboration, education, research and community involvement established in 2015 focused on the health of the Salish Sea and its environs.

Broadhurst starts at Western on June 5.

“I am excited to make the new Salish Sea Studies Institute a place where we raise understanding and appreciation for the Salish Sea for students and those tasked with managing it on both sides of the border,” she said.

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:49am

Western Washington University students Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell will showcase their documentary, “The End of the Road” from 7:30-10 p.m. on Friday, June 2 in Viking Union 552.

The screening is open to the public and $6 at the door or $5 if you register early at

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:34am

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

About 1,890 undergraduate and 153 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western June 10. Admission is by ticket only, and each graduate will be allowed four tickets.