Western Washington University students involved in the Progressive Automotive X Prize competition have been furiously preparing for the kickoff of the competition, which is set to take place in late April. The first stage of the competition, the Shakedown Stage, is set for April 26 to May 7 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

This video was made for the City of Bellingham by 2009 Fairhaven alumnus Chris Koser, who works as a director of photography for Hand Crank Films in town. The video was created as an invitation to Google Fiber for Communities.

The video features lots of community members, and the main actress (the little girl) is Meixing Rain, daughter of another Fairhaven graduate, Jordan Rain (2009), also known as Yogoman.

For more information on Google Fiber for Communities, visit

Western Washington University’s Center for Economic Vitality and the Technology Alliance Group for NW Washington are holding the second Social Media Conference NW, Evolving Marketing Conversations, March 25 at McIntyre Hall Performing Arts and Conference Center in Mount Vernon.

Anyone interested in the business applications of social media is invited to attend. The conference builds on the success of the 2008 conference to continue the dialogue around using social media for marketing, customer service, and public relations.

In 2008, Western Washington University journalism professor John Harris received a $5,000 grant from the Lummi Nation. With that grant, he created a photo blog focusing on the Lummi Blackhawk football team during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

In this video, John reflects on his blog, explains how his experience has influenced his teaching and expresses his goals and visions for the future of the blog and his hope to continue to tell the story of the Lummi Blackhawks.

Video created by student intern Carolyn Copstead for WWU's Office of University Communications.

Washington State Department of Natural Resources geographer and Western Washington University alumnus Michael Grilliot speaks about rising sea levels in Puget Sound.

The winners of the Office of Admissions' Why Western? Video conference have been announced. The grand prize winning clip, shown here, was submitted by Chris Jespersen. To view the other winners, visit

The Western Washington University men's basketball team picked up a win Sunday over archrival Central Washington University. The 90-86 victory was shown live regionally on Fox Sports Northwest.

WWU University Communications intern Jon Bergman was on hand to capture the action.

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski pays tribute to Bill Demmert from the senate floor on Feb. 1.

Demmert, who passed away on Jan. 19 at age 75, retired from his position as professor of education at Western Washington University in 2008. He first came to WWU in 1992.

Of Oglalla Sioux and Tlingit heritage, Demmert received his doctorate in Education from Harvard in 1973. While attending the university, he worked in the U.S. Senate for Senators Ted Kennedy and Walter Mondale on the original Indian Education Act.

Faculty members from Western Washington University's Behavioral Neuroscience Program and Biology and Psychology departments gather for monthly neighborhood round-table discussions, Neuroscience on Tap: Bring Your Own Brain (BYOB), at Bob's Burgers & Brew in downtown Bellingham.

At each meeting, a faculty member leads the discussion of a specific topic, from mental illness to food addiction to brain injury.

Here, Jackie Rose, an assistant professor in Westerns Psychology Department, presents "Thanks for the Memories: Memory Processes Across the Lifespan."