News Releases

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 9:57am

Western Washington University President Sabah Randhawa will honor seven graduates as Presidential Scholars during Commencement on Saturday, June 10.

Presidential Scholar awards honor top students in six colleges for their exceptional scholarship and service to the university and community.

Randhawa will present each of the following Presidential Scholars with a medallion:

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:31pm

Western Washington University Assistant Professor of Chemistry Robert Berger received the Cottrell Scholar Award, a $100,000 grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RCSA), to conduct computational research on how to make chemical materials perform better in energy applications.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:58am

Western Washington University was recently ranked in the 50 Best Smaller College Towns with the Best Music Scenes list by

The criteria for inclusion on the list were superior music venues and a municipal-wide atmosphere that supports live performance and its patronage, as well as the how conducive the town and university are to student life.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 1:25pm

Western Washington University’s Department of Design is pleased to present the Senior Portfolio Show with over 40 graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Arts students.

On display is an accumulation of portfolio work from throughout the program ranging from interaction design, motion graphics, editorial layouts, branding, packaging, production, service learning and more. The Department of Design takes pride in their hard working students and high quality work. They are excited to welcome friends, family, and members of the community into their world.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 11:48am

Western Reads has announced that its 2017-18 book selection will be “Tulalip, From My Heart: An Autobiographical Account of a Reservation Community,” by Harriette Shelton Dover.

Western Reads is a reading program at WWU designed to promote intellectual engagement and community among new students by offering them the opportunity to participate in conversation and events around each year’s book selection. The 2016-17 book selection was “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which examines the effects of systemic racism in the U.S.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:02am

WWU Rowing overcame a determined charge from Central Okahoma to capture its eighth national championship on Sunday on Lake Mercer in Windsor, New Jersey, capping one of the best years in the history of Viking athletics and marking the first time the program had ever won two team-sport national championships in the same season, after Women's Soccer won in the fall. Thirteen out of 15 programs advanced to the national-tournament level, the most ever.

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 1:15pm

BELLINGHAM – Former Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard and wife Cyndie Shepard, founder and former executive director of Western’s award-winning Compass 2 Campus (C2C) mentoring program, have established a scholarship to support public school students mentored in the program.

The scholarships are among six awarded to incoming Western students who were participants in the C2C program, which begins with fifth graders and follows them through high school.

These are the first C2C participants now entering Western.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 1:49pm

For the 13th year in a row, WWU Art History students traveled to Seattle to present their research at the University of Washington Undergraduate Research Symposium. 

Students apply to the Symposium by submitting an abstract via a faculty mentor who can speak to the quality of the research; this includes students working on faculty research, as well as students working on their own research under the supervision of faculty. All abstracts are reviewed by a committee comprised of University of Washington faculty, advanced undergraduates, and staff.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 10:37am

Western Washington University Professor of English Christopher Wise published his new book, “Sorcery, Totem, and Johad in African Philosophy,” in March through Bloomsbury Publishing.  

“I wrote this book because of my concern for what happened in Mali, a country in Africa, in the aftermath of the Wahhabi jihad (war fought by Muslims) in Timbuktu, Gao and other places in the region of Mali that briefly led to the establishment of the state of the northern Mali territory, Azawad,” Wise said.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 9:35am

Stanwood has become the second city, along with Edmonds, to take part in Western Washington University’s Sustainable Communities Partnership.

The program is a joint endeavor of Western and the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) that brings Western students into these communities to help local officials problem-solve long-standing issues in those towns.