News Releases

Wednesday, June 9, 2021 - 12:45pm

Richard Simon, a senior instructor in WWU's Honors Program and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies, was recently named a finalist in the Pen America Literary Awards' Pen/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for his unpublished book, "The Dolphin Ambassador's Daughter."

Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 9:25am

Following 25 years of service to Western Washington University, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brent Carbajal has announced his retirement effective summer 2022.

Friday, June 4, 2021 - 9:53am

Dear WWU Community,

Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O’Neill will join Western Washington University as our new Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WWU Foundation effective July 1. Kim currently serves as Associate Vice President of Advancement at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a position she has held since September 2019. The start date provides considerable overlap for transition with Stephanie Bowers, who will be retiring after 20 years of exemplary service to Western at the end of summer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 9:57am

Western's Global Humanities and Religions Department, with support from the WWU Alumni Association, will host Eric Haruki Swanson, assistant professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, for "Conquering Evil and Peace of Mind: Negotiating Salvation in Esoteric Buddhism in Meiji Japan" at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 4 via Zoom.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 9:16am

Two students in Western Washington University’s Department of Design, Coral Saville and Mercedes Schrenkeisen, have each won a Student Silver Addy award at the American Advertising Awards in Seattle in the category "Elements of Advertising, Animation or Special Effects."

Saville won a Silver Addy for her project "Supernatural," a recreation of the title sequence for the popular TV show.

Wednesday, June 2, 2021 - 8:59am

The Student Technology Fee (STF) has awarded approximately $180,000 in Tech Initiatives projects for 2021. The specific awards, listed below, include two projects based on proposals submitted by students. 

  • Theater Dept Virtual Accessibility Upgrades $15,003 (Student proposal, partial funding) 

  • WWU Music Recording Studio Radio $3,912  (Student proposal, full funding) 

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 12:19pm

In this week's Research Recap, we have three award winners from Scholars Week and a new piece of equipment has found its way to the Anthropology Department. For in-depth stories on research at Western, go to Gaia, the university's online journal of research and scholarship, at, and follow @WWUResearch on Twitter.

Friday, May 28, 2021 - 11:09am

Western’s Youth Programs is offering a virtual summer program for elementary school students this July, called Young Explorers Science Camp. There are two sections available: "All Washed Up" is designed for students entering grades three through five, and "Light: Where Have All the Colors Gone?" is perfect for students entering kindergarten through second grade. The cost of the program is $50 per student. 

Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 11:58am

Move Out Madness has been a WWU tradition since 2010. During move out time, students bring their unwanted items in good condition to one of three outdoor locations around Bellingham to be claimed by other students, community members, or community organizations. It’s a yard-sale-meets-gear-swap that reduces landfill waste, makes moving out easier, builds community, and gets items to the people who need them.  

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 - 10:47am

Western Washington University’s Salish Sea Institute today released its comprehensive “State of the Salish Sea” report; in it, more than 20 authors and contributors illustrate how the ecosystem is under relentless pressure from an accelerating convergence of global and local environmental stressors and the cumulative impacts of 150 years of development and alteration of our watersheds and seascape.