News Releases

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 11:46am

Western Washington University placed 29th nationally and claimed the top spot in Washington state on the 2017 Cool Schools sustainability rankings done annually by the Sierra Club.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 2:29pm

Erika McPhee-Shaw, director of Western Washington University’s Shannon Point Marine Center (SPMC) in Anacortes, has resigned from being SPMC director and will transition to serving as a faculty member in Western’s Huxley College of the Environment.

 “I value very much Dr. McPhee-Shaw’s leadership at the SPMC, and I look forward to the contributions she’ll make to Western as a faculty member,” said Brent Carbajal, Western’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:56am

Contact: Hafthor Yngvason, director of the Western Gallery,


Western Gallery, on the campus of Western Washington University, will host “Coded Threads: Textile and Technology,” which brings together 14 well-known artists integrating textiles with technology, from Sept. 27 to Dec. 8, 2017.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:59pm

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:51pm

Roll up your sleeves and get involved in Do Good in Your Neighborhood Day Sept. 30 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event is an opportunity to build connections with your neighbors while doing some good in the Happy Valley and York neighborhoods.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 12:23pm

BELLINGHAM – Douglas Leek, a Western Washington University alumnus and an administrator at The Northwest School in Seattle, will address WWU graduates and their families at the summer commencement ceremony Aug. 19 at 10 a.m. in Carver Gymnasium.

About 390 undergraduate and 50 master’s students are expected to graduate from Western summer quarter. There will be one ceremony for all graduates and no tickets are required to attend. Overflow seating will be available on campus.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:13am

Contact: Chris Casquilho, Western Washington University’s College of Fine and Performing Arts manager of Marketing and Special Events at (360) 650-2829, or

BELLINGHAM – The Department of Theatre & Dance will present a unique murder mystery with action taking place throughout town and the audience and actors following the play on bicycles.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 11:42am

Contact: David Patrick, Western Washington University professor of Chemistry, at (360) 650-3128 or; Donna O’Neill, University of Washington CoMotion Innovation Center at; or Hunter McDaniel, founder and CEO of UbiQD at (505) 310-6767 or

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 10:05am

In the summer of 2012, a Western Washington University student stood crying tears of joy in front of Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” while visiting New York City with Professor of Art Garth Amundson and Associate Professor of Art Pierre Gour.

Seeing that student’s emotional response was the genesis of “Metro Art Access: NYC,” a 10-day summer course offered through Extended Ed and Summer Programs, that provides all Western students the chance to travel to New York City to see some of the most famous museums and pieces of art in the world.

Friday, August 11, 2017 - 9:25am

Western Washington University is one of five regional schools to partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior on its Northwest Climate Science Center; the University of Washington will host the center on its campus, and Boise State University, the University of Montana and Washington State University, along with WWU, are the member institutions in the consortium.