“Emerald Bay,” an original ballet about the forced removal of the Chinese community from the Puget Sound region based on a story by WWU Professor of English Christopher Wise, debuted May 15 at the University of Washington and will continue its local run at McIntrye Hall in Mount Vernon on June 4 and 5 and Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre June 11, 12, and 13.

Western Washington University’s Center for Instructional Innovation and Assessment will host its annual Innovative Teaching Showcase Learning Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 3, in College Hall 310 on the WWU campus.

Viking TV, the television show from the student-run station KVIK, is produced several times per quarter, with students covering a variety of topics related to the WWU campus. The latest episode includes, among other things, an interview with Holocaust survivor Noemi Ban and a visit to the recent Drawing Jam event in the VU Gallery.

Past episodes of VTV are available for viewing online.

Ralph Vernacchia, a professor in Western Washington University's department of physical education, health and recreation, discusses the sport of track and field, the Olympic Games and his coming retirement from the university.

Vernacchia, director of Western's Center for Performance Excellence, is the namesake of the Ralph Vernacchia Invitational team track and field meet, which takes place every year at WWU.

He has been a professor at Western for 38 years.

Video by Daniel Berman | University Communications intern

For most of the last school year, a handful of Western Washington University students worked together to create, from scratch, a theater production that asked "What does it mean to be an American?" Throughout the process, which required many long days (and nights) of collaboration on the piece, they discovered who they are and what they mean to each other.

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard speaks on the current budget challenges in an address he also delivered to the WWU Board of Trustees at its regular meeting April 14, 2011.

Video produced by ATUS Video Services

"Homeschooling," a novel by Western Washington University associate professor of English Carol Guess, is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards in the lesbian fiction category. In this brief interview, Guess talks about her book, her writing and her career.

Video by Daniel Berman | University Communications intern

Western Washington University President Bruce Shepard appeared on the "KCTS 9 Connects" television show Friday to talk about funding for higher education in Washington state.

Winter 2011 commencement’s student speaker was graduating senior Sarah Olson, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with two concentrations: International Business and Management Information Systems. A Langley native and graduate of South Whidbey High School, Olson talked to her fellow graduates about the importance of finding their passions.

“Life is too short to neglect our passions,” she says. “Sometimes we need to push everything else aside and ask ourselves, ‘Will this make me truly happy?’”

Ron Bundy, CEO of Russell Index Group of Russell Investments of Seattle, addressed the winter commencement ceremony at Western Washington University on Saturday, March 19, in Carver Gymnasium.

The Russell Index Group develops benchmarks used by millions to measure the performance of their investments. In addition to helping the Russell Index Group grow into a global leader in investment benchmarking, Bundy also spent two years in Tokyo as CEO of Russell Investments Japan.