The Best Self program from Prevention and Wellness Services at Western Washington University encourages students to identify their strengths and talents to overcome challenges.

Research shows that when people practice the Best Self strengths, they have a strong sense of wellbeing, happiness and resiliency and are able to function at a high level even in the face of adversity.

Video by Carina Linder Jimenez / WWU Communications and Marketing intern

Take a study break and head over to the winter a capella club concert from student group Major Treble in Arntzen Hall Room 100 March 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and any donations collected will go to Relay for Life teams.

Finals stressing you out? Pet a bunny! Associated Students Productions brought in a petting zoo from Animal Encounters and set it up on the Communications Facility Lawn March 4, 2015.

"Animals in general, people just love them for therapy," says AS Special Events Coordinator Danielle Oyama, who spearheaded the event. "It just kind gives them the time to relax, let go of the stress and see an animal they don't get to see very often."

Video by Rhys Logan / WWU

Students from Western Washington University's Intensive English Program are asked questions about living in America.

Here's what they had to say.

In this segment from episode 4, Viking Television talks with students and professors involved in various student publications around campus.

Featured: Fairhaven Free Press, The Western Front, The Planet, and Klipsun.

Ever wonder how you can get involved in keeping bees?

The 2015 "Spring Bee-In" workshop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, in Fairhaven Room 318.

Discussed at the workshop will be the Outback Apiary Project, beekeeping in general and how the WWU community can be a part of it. Michael Jaross, the Outback beekeeper, will show some slides and talk briefly about the Outback bees and how students, community staff and faculty can be a part of Western's small apiary at The Outback Farm.

When Blake Young, owner of NuCanoe, needed business advice, he turned to the Small Business Development Center at Western Washington University.

Based in Bellingham, the business has 120 dealers in the U.S. and Canada, and the boats also are distributed in five other countries. Recently, the company turned to the SBDC for expertise in business analysis and in lining up financing.

The Office of Admissions at Western Washington University recently shared this video of a song that incoming freshman Mikaela Hansen wrote and performed as part of her application.
If you're wondering, she did get in.

The Peace Corps today released the 2015 rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges and universities across the country, and Western Washington University was ranked No. 1 among medium-sized schools, with 47 alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

This was the third consecutive year that WWU has held the top spot overall in its category. Over the past 10 years the university has been ranked seventh or higher each year among medium-sized schools nationwide.

The Summer Youth Theatre Institute at Western Washington University is presenting a pair of films on Sunday, Feb. 15, that came out of the institute's recent "Monster Keeper" stage performances.

At 2 p.m., there'll be a screening of "Monster Keeper: Live on Film!", and at 3:15 p.m., there'll be a screening of a behind-the-scenes documentary made of the play. A raffle will preceed the second screening. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.