Western Washington University Youth Programs has just launched its 10th year of Summer Youth Theatre Institute as part of the Department of Theatre and Dance.

Both primary and secondary level workshops are supervised by Deborah Currier and taught by upper-division Western theatre and education students.

Through these workshops, students entering grades one through twelve gain skills in improvisation, vocal and body warm-up techniques, monologue and scene writing, stage movement, audition skills and choreography for the stage.

Western Washington University honored its Outstanding Graduates for the 2014-15 academic year at spring Commencement Saturday, June 13.

 Faculty members from dozens of academic departments and programs select one graduate to honor as the Outstanding Graduate of the year. Selection is a high honor based on grades, research and writing, service to the campus and community, and promise for the future.

The Asia University America Program is a five-month exchange program for Japanese college students studying International Relations, Business, Hospitality, Law, Economics and Multicultural Communications from Asia University, located just west of downtown Tokyo, Japan.

Western Washington University has had more than 4,000 students attend this program through this program, which has now been going on for 25 years.

The Bellingham Festival of Music, billed as one of America's premier virtuoso orchestra festivals, continues through June 19 on the Western Washington University campus.

The festival takes place in Bellingham every summer.

Orchestra members come from prestigious positions throughout the country, many of them in major North American symphonies. The festival also features world famous guest artists and young rising stars.

The rest of the schedule:

The Western Washington University College of Fine and Performing Arts comprises the Departments of Art, Design, Music, and Theatre/Dance and is home to the Western Gallery and the Outdoor Sculpture Collection.

This video, which was produced, shot and edited by alumna Juliette Machado and which features music from Bruce Hamilton and Jon Bash, takes a look at all the college has to offer.

This month’s episode of Western Window is hosted by Chris Roselli of the WWU Alumni Association and Anna Magidson, a student at Western. Following is the story lineup for this episode:

Michala Dymond-Shaw spoke at the 4 p.m. ceremony. Dymond-Shaw graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Economics. Outside of her studies at Western, she volunteered with elderly residents at St. Francis of Bellingham and worked with clients with developmental disabilities at Puffin Island LLC in Everson. A graduate of Kentlake High School, Dymond-Shaw will begin graduate school in Speech-Language Pathology at Western in the fall.  

Lindley, the speaker at the 4 p.m. ceremony, is a financial planner and owner of Lindley Financial Services in Montesano. Lindley specializes in comprehensive financial planning and oversees more than $100 million in client-invested assets. Lindley is also a longtime youth soccer coach in his community, who began learning about the game when he volunteered to coach his 6-year-old son’s team. He went on to coach both his children’s teams and several others and has taken four teams to state championships.

The 12:30 p.m. speaker was be Nick Bolvin, who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Japanese. Bolvin is a graduate of South Whidbey High School and hopes to work in video game production. He aspires to challenge the antisocial stereotypes related to gaming and instead highlight the fact that video games are something that everyone can play.

Dick Thompson, the speaker at the 12:30 p.m. ceremony, is retired from a distinguished career in public service that has included key executive positions at universities, state agencies and nonprofit organizations. He served as director of Government Relations and interim director for Athletics at the University of Washington, led the departments of Community Development and Social and Health Services and the Office of Financial Management for the state of Washington, and served as president and chief professional officer for the United Way of King County.