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Keep track of news and information about Western’s faculty and staff here. Have a news item to submit, from a professional milestone to a conference to a new publication? Send it to Western Today editor John Thompson.

The fourth international climate change conference, hosted by the Environmental Protection and Development Authority (EPDA) of Ras al Khaimah (RAK), United Arab Emirates April 3-5, 2017, is focused on ecosystem productivity and features 29 presenters from 12 countries, including those from Western Washington University. 

The American Library Association’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services recently created an online toolkit of news coverage, literature, best practices, and other resources intended for library professionals to use in their daily and strategic work.  

Human Resources has added the following names to the list of employees who are eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with RCW 41.04.650:

  • Michael Bakse
  • ​Freddy Collins

Employees may donate vacation leave, accrued sick leave and personal holiday leave as long as the donations don’t cause them to fall below the minimum balances. Leave donation forms are available online.

Questions regarding shared leave may be directed to Human Resources at ext. 3774.

NIGHT LIGHT, a play for radio by Daniel Larner (Emeritus, Fairhaven), directed by the late Dennis Catrell (Emeritus, Theatre) premiered on KMRE-FM's Community Playhouse February 6, 7, 27 and 28, and will be aired again in March (dates tba).  The players are Janice Catrell and Daniel Larner, and the soundscape is by Tim Kraft (staff, Communications Sciences and Disorders).  The production is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Catrell.

The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) will award  Professor of Early Childhood Education Anna Lees with the Outstanding Journal of Teacher Education (JTE) Award for her article, “The Roles of Urban Indigenous Community Members in Collaborative Field-Based Teacher Preparation.”

 Lees will be presented with the award during the 69th AACTE Annual Meeting Speaker Spotlight Sessions on Saturday, March 4, at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.

Western Libraries is seeking input from faculty at Western on how subject librarians can support teaching, learning, and research in departments and programs. 

The Libraries is currently examining the role of subject librarians and would like to align the important services librarians provide more effectively with the changing curricular, research, and teaching & learning needs of the university. 

The quarter is underway, and many people are already taking advantage of our Professional Development workshops. Here are some of the highlights for the month of February that you may want to register for and hold time on your calendar for now.

We have a broad range of training scheduled for this month, from "Intro to InDesign" to "DIY Staff Development" to "The Emotionally Intelligent Leader." Please check out the class list and register here

Assistant Professor of Journalism Joe Gosen has just been named the associate director for the NW Region for the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). This is the primary association for photojournalists and the NW Region includes Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, British Columbia, Alberta, Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territory.

Upcoming Trainings for Faculty and Staff from the Equal Opportunity Office

 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

In addition to completing the online Haven course, new faculty and staff are required to attend Sexual Harassment Prevention Training (SHPT).  Employees new to Western can register for a session by going here and then selecting “Equal Opportunity Office.” Upcoming SHPT dates are as follows:

Human Resources has added the following name to the list of employees who are eligible to receive shared leave in accordance with RCW 41.04.650:

  • Heather Burton

Employees may donate vacation leave, accrued sick leave and personal holiday leave as long as the donations don’t cause them to fall below the minimum balances. Leave donation forms are available online.

Questions regarding shared leave may be directed to Human Resources at ext. 3774.

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