Western groups to hold diversity teach-in May 25

The Social Issues Resource Center, the Women’s Center and the Education Social Justice minor at Western Washington University are putting together a spring diversity teach-in event on Wednesday, May 25.

A symposium titled “Organized Justice: A Conversation on Anti-Racist Organizing in an Age of Neoliberalism” will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 25 in Academic West Room 204. Activists Nikkita Oliver, Maru Mora Villalpando and Nestora Salgado will speak at the event.

For more information or for assistance with childcare, email Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 11:53am

Subscriptions reduction review process still underway in Western Libraries

As part of the Subscriptions Reduction Review Process, 33 Western Washington University departments, programs or centers submitted 579 titles for retention consideration (out of 3,614 titles initially proposed for cancelation). Western Libraries faculty reviewed the strength of each retention request using the Senate Library Committee task force’s criteria. Western Libraries has created a vendor negotiation team, which includes the SLC chair, to work toward minimizing negative impact on students, faculty and staff and maximizing the university’s purchasing power. Through this process, we seek to retain as much content as possible.

Due to the complexity of vendors’ different business models, the negotiation process has not yet concluded. The final list of cancelations will be communicated to faculty and published on the Libraries website as soon as it becomes available. Libraries faculty, working in coordination with the SLC, will describe the process used to review the retention requests and determine the final list of cancelations.

Subscriptions cancelations will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2017. There will be no disruption to current subscriptions until that time. Western Libraries remains committed to ensuring that students, faculty, and staff have access to resources that support their teaching, learning, and research. To minimize disruption, the Western Libraries will use the summer and fall quarters to prepare and educate the university community on alternate access to canceled content.

If you have any questions about the Subscriptions Reduction Review process, please contact Mike Olson, Director of Scholarly Resources and Collection Services.

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:57am

Waste audit to be conducted May 25; volunteers needed

The SORTS team at Western Washington University will be auditing campus waste from 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, in Red Square.

The SORTS project was created to increase the diversion of compostable and recyclable materials on campus through the placement of four, four-part sorting stations placed in Red Square. Now, volunteers are collecting data on the success of the project.

Those interested may sign up to volunteer. Volunteers will join the SORTS project team, listed below, for food, fun, data collection, music and more. No experience needed.

The project is funded by the Sustainable Action Fund in partnership with Zero Waste Western, Facilities Management, the AS Recycle Center and the Office of Sustainability.

SORTS Project Team:

  • Maddie Gavigan Martin, '16
  • Kari Clausen, '16
  • Jacob de Guzman, '14
  • Gary Hodge
  • Jill MacIntyre Witt

Questions? Email Maddie Gavigan Martin at

Monday, May 23, 2016 - 10:45am

Campus Rec to hold Poker Walk event June 2

Campus Recreation Services is once again holding a free “Poker Walk” event for faculty and staff at Western Washington University.

The event, slated for Thursday, June 2, asks participants to walk a course around campus, collecting poker chips from various locations and then finishing up at the Wade King Student Recreation Center, where they turn in their chips and are dealt a poker hand.

Prizes are awarded for the best hands for individuals and teams. The Student Business Office grabbed top honors in 2015.

"It’s a fun group activity and a great way for staff to get out of the office and get a little bit of exercise," said Campus Recreation's Kip Leonetti.

Complete rules and a registration form are online. The registration deadline is Tuesday, May 31.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 4:47pm

WWU artists needed for Art Walk June 3 at Western City Center

Art Walk is coming June 3, and the Western Washington University Alumni Association is looking for student, faculty and staff art to display.

The Alumni Association keeps the doors of Western City Center in the Bellingham Herald building open late for the monthly event. The June Art Walk will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 3.

Those with art they'd like to set up, show and (possibly) sell at the event are asked to contact the Alumni Association at or 360-650-3353.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 1:14pm

Students added to Office 365 environment with faculty, staff

Western Washington University students can now be part of the same Office 365 environment as faculty and staff.

Students may transition from their mailboxes to their new mailboxes, at their convenience, before June or July of this year. Later this spring, those students who have not yet transitioned will have their new accounts automatically enabled.

This change will allow students to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Save files directly to their Office 365 OneDrive from computer labs
  • More easily share files and calendars with other students, faculty or staff
  • Create Office 365 groups for class projects
  • Get more Office 365 apps
  • Instant message and video chat with Skype for Business (coming soon)
  • Use Western's Yammer social networking site

A number of resources are available on the ATUS Help Desk website to assist students in the process. These include:

Additional pages offer helpful Office 365 training links. Supervisors may request that an Office 365 expert from the Help Desk meet with them and/or their student employees by contacting the Help Desk at 360-650-3333 or

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:07am

Four WWU Women’s rowers named to All-WIRA Team

The Western Washington University women’s rowing team was well represented on the 2016 All-Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association team and head coach John Fuchs has been named the WIRA Women’s Coach of the Year.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 10:35am

Bellingham's Chamberlin one of the nation’s best in discus

Tucked away behind Sehome High School, Bellingham senior Jakob Chamberlin stood in the Mariners’ discus circle preparing to make his final set of throws during a midweek practice.

Unavailable facilities led Chamberlin and the rest of Bellingham’s throwers to Sehome High, where Red Raiders throws coach and former Mariners standout Steven Ayers overwatched his group.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 11:39am

Deadline for diversity nominations extended to May 16

Each year at fall convocation, the Western Washington University president presents the Diversity Achievement Award to recognize an individual or office whose distinguished efforts have enhanced diversity and multicultural understanding at Western.

Nominations of individuals and/or offices are now being accepted for the 2016 award. The deadline has been extended to May 16.

The Diversity Achievement Award is given to an individual (faculty, staff or student) or office who demonstrates outstanding research, programming, leadership, service to students or the general campus community, and/or teaching related to matters of diversity and inclusion.

Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Integrates diversity concepts and values into academic curriculum, management and/or operational functions
  • Develops methods for increasing and valuing diversity among students, faculty, and/or staff
  • Maximizes opportunities to achieve diversity
  • Contributes to promoting an understanding and appreciation of differences by contributing to the body of research on diversity or through other endeavors

To make a nomination, please submit a letter (not to exceed three pages) addressing one or more of the criteria listed above to: Equal Opportunity Office, MS-9021, Old Main 345 or email

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 - 3:50pm

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Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:49am
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